The nature of academic and clinical work necessitates the ongoing development of technical skills to access information efficiently, communicate effectively and document accurately. As a result, access to and on-going use of computers and other technology is required for all students at the Graduate School. The following set of minimum technology requirements has been established by the Graduate School to identify the technological skills and systems each student needs to have (or have access to) in order to complete their degree. Some requirements pertain primarily to online students (these are noted). In all other cases, these requirements are for ALL students in the Graduate School. NOTE: These requirements were approved by the Information and Technology Committee on September 11, 2018, and are reviewed annually. They will take effect as of the Fall 2018 term. Skills Success in graduate school, and as a clinician, requires, at a minimum, that an individual can utilize computer technology to accomplish the following tasks: Basic keyboarding Create, read, edit, save and rename documents in the following formats Word processing - .doc/.docx (Word) Facility with word processing documents is essential for ALL graduate students. This assumes the ability to type, as well as to format text and paragraphs Ability to complete electronic Word forms Students who use other software, such as Pages (Mac), must be able to save their work into Word format. Presentations - .ppt/.pptx (PowerPoint) The ability to view and create presentations is essential for ALL graduate students. Students who use other software, such as Keynote (Mac) or Prezi, must be able to save (export) their work into a suitable PowerPoint format. Spreadsheets - .xls/.xlsx (Excel) Used less frequently than word processing documents, students largely need the ability to add data to a spreadsheet (or online form), rather than the ability to create and format a spreadsheet. Students who use other software, such as Numbers (Mac), must be able to save their work into an Excel format. Finished documents - .pdf (Adobe) Students will need the ability to open and read PDF files on their computers. Ability to complete electronic PDF forms The ability to edit PDF files is NOT required. Navigate online Recognize and use hyperlinks Recognize and use email addresses Use a search engine (e.g., Google, Bing, or Yahoo) Conduct library research online Training in the use of the Hazelden Betty Ford Online Research Library will be provided to on-campus and online students Communicate clearly and professionally online Via email Share documents online Via email Via web uploads ALL students need the ability to upload an assignment/document to Populi, our LMS. Tutorials are available to those needing training Participate in a video conferences (Online students) Please see Hardware requirements under "System Requirements" below Video conferences may be required in some online courses and utilized in advisor meetings with online students. Additional Skills – online students While not required in all classes, some online courses utilize audio and video technologies. In these instances, students may be asked to complete the following tasks: Record and upload video & audio (see "System Requirements" below) VoiceThread Presentations Creating and/or making comments Video tutorials are available for those needing training. Instant messaging or chat This tool is available through Populi (the school's LMS or Learning Management System), and may be used from time-to-time by online faculty System Requirements On-campus students have access to two computer labs at the Graduate School. Computers in these labs meet the minimum system requirements listed below. Students who choose to join specific courses from Hazelden Betty Ford site in St. Paul, Minnesota site may need access to a laptop for the purposes of taking an exam. Supplying this laptop is the responsibility of the student. Online students (and on-campus students using personal computers from home) will want to ensure their computers meet these requirements. Most of the technological problems that students encounter stem from using outdated software or hardware. Hardware Modern Computer (tablets and mobile devices are not recommended as a primary device for online students) Manufactured within the last 2-3 years (with upgrades every 2-3 years) with the ability to reliably run the software listed below 64 bit multi-core processor or better 2 GB or more of memory (RAM) 128 GB solid state hard drive or 250 GB hard disk drive or larger Sound card and speakers (or headphones) Webcam for video conferencing (online students) Telephone This will be used as the audio connection when video conferencing (online students) Headset (microphone + earphones or ear buds) for use with phone or computer (online students) Reliable broadband internet connection (online students) DSL or cable connection WiFi connectivity is acceptable, but the ability to hardwire a connection may be necessary Reliance upon an Internet connection from a mobile device/hotspot may not be sufficient Modern Browser Updated within the last 6 months Recommended Browsers Chrome (works best with most tools in the online program) Firefox Modern Document Composing Software or Access to Web Apps Must be able to create and edit the following types files .doc/.docx .xls/.xlsx .ppt/.pptx .pdf Up-to-Date Security Software Your system must be running up to date anti-virus and anti-malware software. Back-up device or service (strongly encouraged) Having a quality backup of important files is strongly encouraged for students. Use of external drives or cloud based solutions are both suitable.