Technical requirements

PC-based

Processor
OS
RAM
Disk space
Connection
Communication

Minimum

Intel Core i3
Windows 7
2GB
160GB
Broadband
N/A

Suggested

Intel Core i7
Windows 7
4GB
500GB
Broadband
Webcam and microphone


Mac-based

Processor
OS
RAM
Disk space
Connection
Communication

Minimum

Intel-based iMac
OS 10.6
2GB
160GB
Broadband
N/A

Suggested

Intel-based Mac Pro
OS 10.6
8GB
500GB
Broadband
Webcam and microphone


Computer literacy

Students who enroll in eLearning courses must possess basic computer skills and have regular access to appropriate computer hardware, software and Internet connectivity in order to participate fully in coursework.

Online orientation

All new eLearning students enroll in an online orientation course, which is presented in the same format as a typical eLearning course. In this way, online education students can become familiar with the layout and navigation of their classes. An extensive range of resources and issues are covered in the orientation, including a quick-reference list for contacting key university personnel, responses to frequently asked questions, and information about SCAD resources and policies.

Software requirements

Unless the course description specifically states that software instruction is provided, students are expected to possess a working knowledge of all required software.

Ordering software

Students may order software through Ex Libris, the university bookstore operated by Follett or, enrolled students may log in to MySCAD for special software and hardware offers.

Technical support

Information management and technology

The information management and technology department is responsible for providing computer support to SCAD and for developing and implementing university management and information systems. IMT supports the mission of the university through developing and maintaining the computer network and user assistance. The vice president for information management and technology is responsible for overseeing all academic and administrative computing at SCAD.

Developments in information technology in recent years have led to fundamental changes in the ways that people communicate, learn and share information. SCAD is committed to using these innovations to provide students with new educational benefits and to introduce them to this expanding global community.

Help Desk

The SCAD Help Desk is the first point of contact for any technology assistance from the university. The Help Desk has extended hours to accommodate students located in different time zones and working outside normal business hours. The Help Desk can assist with hardware- and software-related issues, as well as problems with MySCAD.

Library and textbook resources

Virtual library

SCAD's virtual library offers access to numerous electronic databases and print materials to support the college's curriculum. Jen Library's online services include full-text resources, e-books, queries to the library reference staff, and interlibrary loan services. Upon request, Jen Library staff may send materials to students who are not located on a SCAD campus via priority mail at no charge. In addition, the Visual Resources Center, available on the "college resources" channel on MySCAD, provides students access to more than 600,000 digital images.

Textbooks

An online bookstore is available for ordering supplies, textbooks and software via MySCAD. eLearning students may purchase textbooks from Ex Libris, the college bookstore. Browse for textbook lists by class.