What You Will Need?

Desktop or Laptop Computer: You will need a laptop or personal computer (PC) to complete assignments such as posting content (online discussion, assignments, etc.), taking tests, or participating in live classroom sessions. This should have a current operating system, either Microsoft Windows or MacOS.  

Please note: Smart phones and tablets are not recommended for these activities as they have more limited capabilities. 

Stable Internet Access: Stable broadband internet access is strongly suggested to support your class activities. Inconsistent internet connectivity will affect your ability to timely participate in your academic program.

Web Browser: Your web browser is the software you use to view the internet. We recommend Firefox or Chrome as a primary browser. Whatever browser you use, please stay up to date with the latest updates.

Web Cam: Whether you are using a laptop or desktop computer, is essential that the device is equipped with an internal or external web cam to engage with your instructors and classmates. 

Speakers: Because most courses include audio elements, you will need speakers and/or headphones.

Adobe Acrobat Reader: The Adobe Acrobat Reader is an excellent tool for viewing PDF (Portal Document Format) files online. Many of your professors — and Detroit Mercy’s database vendors) — provide documents as PDF, as these files can be viewed by anyone with a PDF reader. The Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free from Adobe’s web site. Note: on the download page, an “additional offer” is preselected for you. We recommend you do NOT install this additional software.

Program Requirements: Check your online program’s specific page on this site to see what additional hardware and software may be specifically required for your studies. 

The University provides Microsoft Office licenses for the duration of your academic career. 

Need more help, or looking for instruction on how to use a specific online course tool?

We’ve got a comprehensive set of tutorials for both students and faculty on the CETL Knowledge Base website..


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