College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Get equipped for online success

To truly be successful at online learning the right equipment is key.

Computer vs. Phone (No contest.)

It is highly recommended that you DO NOT rely on your phone to take online classes. You will need a desktop or laptop computer that you can access regularly and connects to the internet. A tablet is not ideal, but may work in a pinch. 

Need assistance with accessing a computer? Check out:

Learn more about the Loaner Laptop program: 

The priority deadline for the laptop program was August 17th so supplies may already be gone. However, it is always good to double check. 

Internet speed

Recommended internet with 15 mbps download and 5 mbps upload speed. A minimum of 5mbps download and 1mbps upload will work, but you may have connectivity issues.

Need help accessing a good internet connection? Check out: 

Learn more about the Wi-Fi home hotspot program:

Software & Hardware

All the programs you need are available through KU IT. Here you can learn about the programs most commonly used in online courses and how to access or download them

Programs include: Blackboard, Zoom, Virtual Lab, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite.

If possible, a webcam is recommended. If you do not have a webcam, but if you have a smartphone you could use it for Zoom or other videoconference meetings. Be sure you download the appropriate app and login well before your session starts. 


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