Online Masters Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Technology and Software

    The Online Master’s Degree Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides answers to frequently asked questions about technology and software:

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    + What hardware and software do I need to have?

    Get detailed computer requirements and recommendations. Any current computer that can access most of the internet and run the more recent versions of browser software and browser applications (including Java) and Microsoft Office or compatible software (primarily Word and PowerPoint) will work well for distance learning.

    For communications, you must have an email account. For use of Blackboard, you only need access to the internet with a Java-enabled browser. For completion of assignments and projects for your courses, you will need word processing and presentation software (such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint) and Adobe Reader. Some courses have other software requirements, most of which are web-based programs or can be downloaded from the internet.

    Speakers and a microphone or a headset will be required for participation in Elluminate Live! meetings and for recording audio presentations.

    + I’m buying a new computer. What should I get?

    Almost any new computer on the market today will meet the minimum technical needs of distance learning. Get minimum required and recommended specifications.

    + Do I need to have a high-speed or broadband connection to the internet?

    No, a 56K connection will suffice. However, with a high-speed / broadband connection, you will be able to access the course, run web-based applications, download course materials, upload assignments, and find information online much faster. This will improve your experience overall. While we recommend a high-speed / broadband connection, it is not required.