Online Participant Technology Requirements

You will need the following technology:

  • Headset with microphone, or at a minimum earbuds with your laptop’s built-in mic. This helps keep down feedback and background noise from interrupting the institute.
  • Laptop or desktop computer. We STRONGLY suggest that you work with a desktop or laptop because tablets and phones often don’t have all the features needed for class interactions.
  • Webcam. Facilitates interaction during synchronous sessions.
  • Browser. It is best to use the newest version available of your preferred browser.
  • Wired connection (recommended) or robust wireless–particularly needed during synchronous sessions.

Distance Learning Platforms

  • Each online or hybrid institute will use Zoom for the video conferencing platform.
  • Most institutes will also use Canvas or another Learning Management System for content and activities.
  • All registrants will receive sign-in information two weeks before the institute begins. 
    Watch for that email and please follow the instructions right away to make sure that you can access the site before your institute starts.

Tech-based Institutes:

  • You may want to test out tablets or phones on some activities for the technology-related institutes, but your main access should be via laptop or desktop computer.
  • You should be comfortable jumping in and exploring new programs and web utilities with minimal guidance.



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