Technical Requirements for Students
This is a list of technical requirements and skills students need to be successful at SIUE.
To see a list of computer specifications, please visit the ITS Software & Hardware page.
At a minimum, SIUE students should meet the following technology requirements.
- Computer hardware and browser expectations
- Internet access expectations
- Software proficiency expectations
- Webcam video requirements for synchronous students
- Headphone/speaker and microphone audio requirements for synchronous students
Computer hardware and browser expectations
As a student at SIUE, you'll frequently use these systems. Check that your computer meets or exceeds the system requirements shown for the following:
Internet access expectations
For synchronous students using Zoom, we recommend a minimum internet bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps (up/down), and preferably 3.0 Mbps (up/down).
Identify your internet speed
Additional information about internet broadband service and providers:
What is Broadband?
High-Speed Internet Providers
Software proficiency expectations
Your academic writing at SIUE will require that you save your work as a Microsoft Word .docx document. If you do not have Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing software, as an SIUE student, you will receive a valid SIU eID. With this eID, you'll be entitled to download a free licensed copy of Microsoft Office 365, which will include Microsoft Word.
Microsoft Office 365 with SIUE
As a student at SIUe, you may be asked to submit presentations, saving your work as a Microsoft PowerPoint .pptx file. If you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint or equivalent presentation software, your Microsoft Office 365 account will include Microsoft PowerPoint.
Looking at the links that follow, ensure that your presentation application software skills are proficient in preparing slides and video delivery as described:
Webcam video requirements for synchronous students
Synchronous students will need a webcam or HD webcam, either built-in or USB plug-in. Visit this site for webcams recommended by Zoom, for desktop computers. If you have or would like to purchase a different webcam, or if you are using a laptop, reach out to email@example.com to discuss and test your hardware setup.
Headphone/speaker and microphone audio requirements for synchronous students
Synchronous students will need speakers or headphones, and a microphone, either built-in or USB plug-in. Visit this site for webcams recommended by Zoom, with built-in microphones, for desktop computers. If you have or would like to purchase a different webcam, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss and test your hardware setup.
For synchronous students using laptop computers, USB plug-in headphones or a headset with built-in microphone are recommended. This avoids feedback and ensures a quality experience. Please reach out to email@example.com to discuss and test your setup. Consider the following source, or similar, for your laptop audio hardware:
Self-Testing for Students
Tested devices and operating systems
Browser checker (allow pop-ups if prompted)
You can check your audio and video equipment as follows:
Test your video
Test your audio
LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor
Webcam and system check
TechSmith Knowmia (formerly TechSmith Relay)
Download the recorder
Record a test video