Indiana State Technology Requirements
At Indiana State University, certain software and technology are required or recommended to help you complete course tasks and activities more efficiently. To facilitate your success, it’s critical that you adhere to the following minimal requirements from the onset of your course and check with your instructors for any additional course-related specifications.
You will need access to a basic computer set up that includes the following:
- An operating system of Windows 7 or higher
- A processor speed of 2.0GHz dual-core processor or higher
- 4 GB memory
- 120 GB hard drive or higher
- Internet connection (DSL or cable is recommended)
You must have access to the following software and hardware:
A reliable internet browser: Blackboard generally prefers Chrome, but Firefox and Safari can be used as backup browsers. If you cannot access something in Chrome, try Firefox or Safari before contacting your professor or Indiana State’s OIT Help Desk. Internet Explorer is NOT a recommended browser due to security risks and incompatibility with Blackboard.
Antivirus software and other add-ons help your computer run smoothly and keep it protected. The following are highly recommended by Indiana State University:
Microsoft Office is needed to complete homework assignments and other activities. Indiana State University provides Microsoft Office for free to students and faculty.
Some courses may require the following (check with your instructor):
- Noise Cancelling Headphone
- External Microphone
Video recording program to record video, audio, and your computer screen.
You might also be interested in a video editing program.
To complete Indiana State Online activities, you must have the following technology skills:
- Using email with attachments.
- Using Microsoft Office to draft and save documents.
- Copying and pasting.
- Downloading and installing software.
- Perform basic internet search and navigation
- Using Blackboard to access course materials, upload files, post to discussion boards and journals, and complete tests.
As an Indiana State Online student, you have full access to Technology Support Center at (812)-237-2910 in case you have any questions related to technology and Blackboard.
Free Software at Indiana State University
The Microsoft Campus Agreement Education for Enrollment Solutions (EES) is an annual licensing program designed specifically to address the unique needs of higher education institutions. Under the terms and conditions of this agreement, all ISU students are eligible to download and have access to commonly used Microsoft software, including anti-virus protection, operating system upgrades, and Office Suites for use on their own personal computer. These packages can be downloaded from http://download.indstate.edu. Please read the information below before downloading any software.
- If you withdraw from Indiana State University for any reason before graduation you must remove the software from your computer immediately.
- Upon graduation, students are granted "perpetual use" rights for the current version of the licensed products.
Due to our licensing agreement with Microsoft, some packages including operating systems (Windows) and Office may only be downloaded when the semester classes are in session and the student is actively taking classes. The student is responsible for full compliance with all software license terms under this agreement.
Distance education students who live outside the Terre Haute city limits can request a physical copy be mailed to them if they are having trouble downloading a specific software package. Contact the Technology Support Center at (812)-237-2910 for more information.
Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states, U.S. territories, or Canadian Provinces. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, U.S. Territory, or Canadian Province, visit program availability.
Select Indiana State University online programs are open to U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses. Check specific program availability in regard to programs which require clinical rotations.
All programs are closed to all students residing in any other jurisdictions.