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Technology & Requirements

Selected Enabling Technologies:

  • Acrobat PDF files
  • Blogs
  • Colonial Cast – classroom lecture capture published for review
  • iTunes U podcasts
  • Learning Management Systems—Blackboard, Embanet
  • Multimedia Internet Telephony – eLumminate Live or other online conferencing/lecture technologies
  • Narrated PowerPoint lectures
  • Podcasts for fully online courses
  • Second Life (virtual world) classroom experience
  • Skype/Voice-over-Internet Protocol (not supported by GW but used with some courses)
  • Streaming Video
  • Wikis

For all of the George Washington University’s online courses, you will need access to a computer with the following minimum specifications:
(Note: a few courses with graphic-intensive content or using virtual 3-D environments may require more advanced hardware.)

PC

  • Pentium II 266 MHz CPU; 1 GB RAM
  • Broadband Internet connection—cable or DSL—is ideal (dial-up connections may impair your ability to access files or participate in class)
  • Sound card and speakers
  • SVGA Monitor w/4+ megabytes of video RAM
  • 50 megabyte hard drive
  • Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT or Windows XP (Windows 2000 and above provide the best support)
  • Microsoft Office Suite (or Open Office)
  • Flash player (with regular updates)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader
  • Java plug-in for chat
  • Internet Explorer
  • Printer (needed for some courses)
  • GW email account (ending in @gwmail.gwu.edu)
  • GW net ID to access Blackboard
  • Additional software or other supplies required as noted in courses link

Mac

  • PowerPC® G4 or G5 or multicore Intel processor; 1 GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X v.10.4
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video
  • Broadband Internet connection—cable or DSL—is ideal (dial-up connections may impair your ability to access files or participate in class)
  • Speakers
  • 80 megabyte hard drive
  • Microsoft Office Suite (or Neo Office)
  • Flash player (with regular updates)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader
  • Safari and/or Firefox (must use Firefox to have full use of text editor in Blackboard)
  • Printer (may be needed for some courses)
  • GW email account (ending in @gwmail.gwu.edu)
  • GW net ID to access Blackboard
  • Additional software or other supplies required as noted in courses link