Students at Duquesne interact with their online courses in a variety of ways. Computers and laptops purchased within the last 5 years provide the best experiences for engaging with online courses. Students also use iPads and smartphones to interact with their online courses while on the go.
Beyond the basic functional readiness of your computer or device, there are additional technology considerations that should be made in order to prepare for success when taking an online course.
Online students depend on reliable wired or wireless internet access to connect to their courses in Duquesne’s learning management system, Blackboard, and to interact with instructors and other students through Zoom Meetings (real-time web conferencing). Students who own their own computers/devices and who are readily able to access their courses with stable and reliable internet access will be best positioned for success.
Real-Time Web Conferences
Computers or laptops with built in webcams and microphones allow students to participate in Zoom Meetings with their classmates and instructor. Machines without built in webcams should be equipped with a webcam and headset, to support these real-time learning experiences.
Hardware and Software
Duquesne's Computer Store is an authorized vendor of Apple and Dell Computers and IPads. The store offers educational discounts to students on these purchases, as well as on other hardware and software. All Duquesne students have access to many free software products that are supported and maintained by the University.
Online students are encouraged to have a plan for backing up their files and work. Duquesne offers free access to Box, but there are other options available, such as ICloud or Google Drive.
Prospective students are encouraged to check the individual program web page to determine whether any technical requirements exist for their desired online program of study.
Resources and Support
Computing and Technology Services (CTS) supports online students with their technical needs. The CTS Help Desk offers support 7 days a week via phone, livechat, email, or walk-in visit.