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SLIDE: Student Learning in a Digital Environment: Technology requirements

Technology requirements for studying

What do you need to get started studying?

To study at ECU, you need regular access to a computer or laptop with a stable internet connection. Your setup meets the minimum requirements if it allows you to:

  • Run an up-to-date web browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari
  • Stream videos from YouTube-style sites (just be aware of your internet usage limits)
  • Run word processing software such as MS Word and PowerPoint
  • Participate in virtual classrooms such as Blackboard Collaborate, MS Teams and Zoom

 

Why do you need this?

You will be:

  • Downloading PDF’s and other files
  • Submitting assignments electronically
  • Viewing lecture recordings and other videos
  • Participating in online virtual classrooms

It is recommended that you have your own computer or laptop for your studies at ECU. However there are computer labs on campus in your School, in the Library, as well as large eLabs which are open 24/7 and you can also borrow a laptop from the Library.

Minimum standards: browser, devices, wifi, Office 365. ECU facilities: computer labs and e-labs.

ECU LoginID

Once you’ve accepted your offer you’ll be provided with your ECU LoginID, which gives you access to services and resources that support your studies including the LMS, the Library, on campus Student computer labs and printing, the Student Portal, MyECU–your Student email account and the ECU wireless networks.

 

Changing your Password

You can change your password through MyLOGIN. You are required to change your ECU password every 90 days for security purposes. See the eSafety Module for more information on how set strong passwords to protect your personal information.

eduroam is a secure global roaming wireless network for the research and education sector. It allows students to login using their eduroam credentials on campus or other participating university campuses for wireless network access. 

  • Once connected to the eduroam network with your ECU login ID and password, you can access the internet and intranet.
  • This wireless network can be used by visitors from other educational institutions to connect to the internet whilst on an ECU campus. 
  • eduroam can be used by ECU students and non-ECU visitors.

For more information on the safety of WiFi networks please see the eSafety module on connecting safely to WiFi.

 

As an ECU student, you have access to some great, free software:

  • Software Download Service - free downloads for software including EndNote, NVivo and SPSS. (Requires ECU Login)
  • Office 365  -  it's the Office you know, plus tools to help you work better together, so you can get more done - anytime, anywhere. Log in with your ECU Student mail and follow the prompts.
  • ECU’s OnTheHub service - access a variety of software at an incredibly discounted price

A great deal of your technology-enhanced learning experience will be accessed via a web browser.  Any up-to-date browser will work, but we recommend you download and install Chrome as well as download and install Firefox.

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See Also

Office 365 Suite LinkedIn Learning Collection of Courses

This collection looks at:

  • Learning Word Desktop (Office 365)
  • Learning PowerPoint Desktop (Office 365)
  • Learning Excel Desktop (Office 365)
  • Team Collaboration in Office 365