Hybrid and online courses have specific requirements for computer skills and equipment. The minimum system requirements for Clarke University hybrid or on-line courses are listed below.
Hardware: Minimum Requirements
- Pentium 4 Processor, 512 MB RAM or better (PC)
- G4 or better (Mac)
- CD-ROM drive
- Sound card / speakers
- Video / graphics card
Operating System: Minimum Requirements
- Windows 98 or higher (PC)
- OS X 10.2 or higher (Mac)
Software: Minimum Requirements
- Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 (PC)
- Microsoft Office: Mac 2004
Current anti-virus software updated monthly (preferred McAfee or Norton).
Additional Required Software (most recent versions are available to download for free)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Quick Time
- Flash Player
- Windows Media Player
- Real Player
- Internet Explorer 7.0
- High speed broadband connection (DSL or cable)
- “Firewalls” may impede access to online courses from work and also from home. If an employer has a firewall, the student needs to request special arrangements with their IT department for the firewall to be opened.
- Pop-Up Blockers must be disabled.
Note: Personal computer hardware, software, and internet connection problems are the responsibility of the student. Instructors will not be able to provide technical help for student computer problems. It’s the responsibility of the student to seek help for these problems. Technical problems need to be communicated with the instructor in a timely fashion (within 24 hours) and ordinarily will not excuse a student.
What is a "Hybrid" course?
There are several different definitions but to put it simply, it is a combination of traditional face-to-face classroom meetings with online learning. According to UW Milwaukee who has done extensive research on hybrid courses through the “Hybrid Course Project”, a result from the “Curricular Redesign Grant Program”, states:
In "hybrid" classes, a significant amount of the course learning activity has been moved on-line, making it possible to reduce the amount of time spent in the classroom. Traditional face-to-face instruction is reduced but not eliminated.
Here are some advantages that UWM offer:
- Maximizes student learning
- Maximizes physical resources
- More learning centered - less lecturing and more activities
- More flexible course format
- More interaction and discussion – greater engagement of students
How much computer and Internet experience do I need to succeed in a Hybrid course?
You will need some experience navigating and using the Internet. Important skills include knowing how to download files, attach document files to e-mail and use word processing software. Your instructor will provide you with an orientation to the class on the first scheduled class meeting (an on-line orientation learning module is available in your Blackboard course). Technical skills required to successfully complete a hybrid course will not be in excess of the expectations for a face-to-face course.
What if I don't have equipment needed at home to access a Hybrid course?
The technology center is Clarke’s primary open computer lab. This resource is available to all Clarke students during regular library hours:
- Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Do students get the same information and content in a Hybrid course as they would in an on-campus course?
The education you receive from a hybrid class is the same as a face-to-face class. Discussion, collaboration, exchange of ideas, and testing may all take place on-line utilizing the Blackboard Learning System.
How is attendance taken in a hybrid course?
Attendance for the class meeting on campus will follow the same policy as a traditional class. An on-line class absence may be identified as a missed assignment or inactivity in the course site, which the instructor is able to track. It is up to the instructor to determine their specific grading, attendance, and participation standards, which should be listed in their syllabus.
Is there an orientation for Hybrid courses?
Orientation is required for Hybrid courses. The Instructor will provide an orientation on the first scheduled day of class. There will also be a Blackboard Orientation learning module available in your Blackboard course.
Who do I contact if I need technical assistance in my online course?
- For course related issues, you should contact your course instructor.
- For all other issues you can contact Clarke’s Blackboard Institutional Administrators:
Will I have an opportunity to evaluate the course and the instructor?
Your instructor will provide you with a link to an anonymous on-line evaluation at the end of each semester.