Software and Technology

Internet Connections and Speed Test

With the advent of new technology it is of ever-increasing importance to make sure you have a broadband connection.  Amridge University is enabling the “Real Time Classroom” of tomorrow, today; you will be able to collaborate with your professor as well as your fellow classmates around the world.  Depending on your degree track you may have access to the “Virtual Desktop” which you could connect to from any other computer that has a broadband connection.  All these technologies will require a broadband internet connection or “high speed.”  If you are not sure of your connection speed you can check your speed at the following address:  http://performance.toast.net/

Operating Systems and Browsers

See Blackboard’s list of Supported Browsers and Operating systems for a full list of supported technology.

To ensure your system is compatible with Blackboard, take the Browser Test. This page will test your computer for up-to-date browsers, plugins, and other software necessary for working in Blackboard.

Software Downloads

 
Internet Explorer    |    Firefox    |    Adobe Reader    |    Real Player
 Help Desk:
1.800.351.4040 Ext. 7889
Hours: 8am – 5pm CST
         Student Services:
1.888.790.8080
Hours: 8am – 6pm CST 


Computer Requirements

As a minimum, the following computer requirements are recommended for working through the Amridge University distance learning programs and courses:

Internet Browsers
Internet Browsers for the Windows Operating Systems
Internet Explorer 8 or higher
Firefox 3.5 or higher
Internet Browsers for the Macintosh Operating Systems
Safari 4.0 or higher
Firefox 3.5 or higher

Hardware for Blackboard Collaborate
Amridge University recommends the following hardware for the interactive system:

Camera
Logitech “QuickCam Express”
Logitech “Pro 4000”
Creative “WebCam Instant”

Hardware
The latest version of Java.

Headset
Logitech “Premium USB Headset 350”
Logitech “Extreme PC Gaming Headset”
Plantronics “Audio 60”(Enhanced Multimedia Headset)
Plantronics “DSP 400” USB Headset

Operating Systems
Windows Operating Systems
Windows XP (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)
Windows Vista (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)
Windows Vista (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java)
Windows 7 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)
Windows 7 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java)

 Hardware for Windows Operating Systems
Pentium III 1 GHz processor
256 MB available RAM
20 MB of available disk space
Broadband Internet connection
Headset with microphone

Macintosh Operating Systems and Software
OS X 10.5 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)
OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java)
OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java

Hardware for the Macintosh Operating Systems
G4, G5 or Intel processor
256 MB available RAM
MB of available disk space
Broadband Internet connection
Headset with microphone

 Computer operating systems no longer supported
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Solaris 10 x86

 Required Computer Software
Amridge University recommends several key computer software packages for student use.  Most of these software packages can be purchased at any computer store and can even be included in the purchase of a new computer.  These recommended computer software packages include the following:

  • Latest edition of Microsoft Office that should include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Latest edition of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Visit the Amridge University web site for a link to the Adobe web site where you can download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Latest edition of Internet Explorer.  Although Netscape web browser will work, we find that Internet Explorer is best for our web site and distance learning portal.