Technology Requirements


SNHP has technology requirements for all students.


You will need to have the following hardware and software:


-> Pent IV 1.4 Ghz
-> 1024 MB RAM
-> 30GB Free Harddrive space
-> Working sound card and drivers for audio lectures/videos
-> webcam
-> USB ports
-> Working Network or Wifi capability

USB headset
(for virtual meetings/classes)
-> MAC OS X,
-> Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
-> Linux (not supported by SNHP)
-> Java software
-> 2 working browsers (Firefox, Safari, Opera, Waterfox, Google Chrome)-> Blackboard Collaborate Launcher for MAC and Windows-> Access Nursing Virtual Training Room
-> (Java, cookies, and pop ups enabled for and Brightspace D2L)
-> 2 media players including Apple’s Itunes
-> An Office Productivity Suite
-> Adobe Acrobat plug-in
-> flash/shockwave plug-in



ATTENTION: Please bring your own laptops to Nursing orientation in August. Try to install Blackboard Collaborate Launcher for MAC and Windows before orientation to access Nursing’s Blackboard Collaborate training room.


We recommend at least 2 browsers in case one stops working properly for a specific task. Brightspace D2L course management system (CMS) maybe affected by updates in your browser, operating system or Java software. You may find a particular feature like uploading a file malfunctioning. In such cases, you may have to reload the browser page or try an alternative browser. We have no control over how updates affect our course management system.

Students are also required to download and install the Respondus Lockdown Browser for their desktop computers.  This browser is used to increase exam integrity by preventing test takers from switching to other applications during testing period.  Once an instructor turns on the Lockdown Browser setting, students are required to take exam using the Respondus Lockdown Browser only.  You may download and install the browser using the link above. Do not wait until the exam/quiz to download and install. Download only the GSU version of Respondus Lockdown browser; do not download via search engine.

NOTE: If your browser is set to automatically download a file you select for download, then check your default download directory for any downloaded file, i.e. audio files, documents, programs etc. Otherwise your computer will ask where to save a downloadable file. Be aware of where your computer will save files downloaded through BRIGHTSPACE.


We recommend at least 2 media players in case one stops working properly or fails to load a type of file. Audio or video lectures stored on GSU’s I-tunes University will require a media player such as I-tunes or VLC media player. You are responsible for keeping your computer updated with the appropriate software.


Participation in an online course requires knowledge of computer technology. In order to participate successfully in an online course, you should already be able to:

  • Access and use all basic features of Brightspace course management system
    • Navigating
    • Dropbox,
    • Discussions
    • Quizzes/surveys
    • Grades and feedback
    • Email
    • Course Resources
    • Learning tools
      • Online rooms if required for your course
      • Panopto – Audio/video lectures from lecture capture system
      • Blackboard Collaborate
      • Sharestream
      • Piazza/Voice Thread
    • Use a word processing program to:
      • Create, format, edit, spell check, save, and print a document.
      • Cut, copy, and paste information.
      • Save a word processing document in txt, rtf, doc, or docx format as requested.
    • Use a spreadsheet program to:
      • Create, format, edit, spell check, save, and print a spreadsheet.
      • Cut, copy, and paste information.
      • Create graphs.
    • Use a web browser to view, navigate, and search for information on the Internet and create/maintain user accounts.
    • Ability to use portable devices such as tablet, smart phone, digital camera, clicker. Ability to upload from a device like a computer, tablet, or phone.
    • Ability to connect to an accessible Wifi (wireless) network. GSU WIFI is CatChat II and the less secure Catchat for wireless networking. Use your campusid and password to connect to Catchat II or Catchat.
    • Use your GSU email account and Brightspace course mail tool to send and receive messages and file attachments.
    • Cite reference sources for research
    • Use GSU library Resources


Computer training sessions are available to students and we expect that students are proficient in Brightspace course management. We suggest that all students avail themselves of any and all technological support early in the semester as successful completion of the course is dependent upon the student’s proficiency in the web-enhanced activities. For Brightspace D2L/Collaborate orientation sessions, contact Miguel Muirhead, educational technology specialist (404-413-1188 or

The instructor should be made aware of any course-wide difficulties; however, individual student’s technologic difficulties are not the responsibility of the instructor or the teaching assistant.


You may be registered for a course that requires online access to the course pack from the textbook publisher’s website, ( These textbooks may come with an access code to the publishers website. Please use the access code and create an account for yourself at the publishers website if required. Some assignments may be accessed via the publishers website. For specific problems dealing with the course pack you will have to call or email the publisher. Publishers are working to integrate into our learning systems to make it easier.

Web-Enhanced Course

A web-enhanced course requires students to have functional computer access. In the event of computer difficulties, students must have a back-up plan for computer access. Please note that the computer lab, which is located on the 9th floor of the Urban Life Building is available to all students. Other computers are available in the library and other locations on the main campus. Computer difficulties are not an excused absence or excuse for failed assignments. Online access is necessary for the viewing of recorded lectures, Collaborate discussions and communication.




iPads, Surface, Kindle Fire, Smart phones


Zotero – for reference citations

Endnote – for reference citations

I-clickers or I-clickers app Productivity Suite such as Office
GSU Equipment Checkout Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App



GSU Software and Computer Purchases webpage has discounts from software and computer vendors.



Lewis School Computer Lab: Urban Life Room 955, 140 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

Lewis School Simulation Lab: Petit Science Center, Room 254, 100 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303

GSU Computer Labs across campus