Computer Skills
  
Currently, Allen College uses the following course definitions:

F2F (Face to Face) – Students and instructor(s) meet in person as a group for regularly scheduled class sessions either on campus or at another physical location.

Hybrid – A combination of F2F teaching and distance learning methods. F2F time requirements may vary among courses. They also may be referred to as a blended course.

Internet – All instruction is provided via the Internet and no F2F instruction is required. Students may be required to attend an orientation or take proctored exams on campus or at an approved location near the student.

Regardless of the program of study or class format, it is recommended that students at Allen College possess the following computer-related skills:

  • Create computer documents using a variety of software applications (e.g., word processing software, presentation software, spreadsheet software, etc.)
  • Cut, copy, and paste text
  • Save documents on a personal computer or portable storage device (e.g., memory stick; flash-, jump-, or thumb drive)
  • Retrieve and open documents from their stored locations
  • Print documents
  • Navigate the Internet using a web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)
  • Use a learning management system (e.g., Blackboard or Evolve)
  • Attach documents to Allen College e-mails, and to tools in the learning management system (e.g. course mail, assignments, and discussions in Blackboard or Evolve)
  • Use the Allen College e-mail system
  • Use online search engines and follow online links (e.g. Google EBSCOhost , etc.)

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Students who may be lacking necessary computer related skills may want to consider taking a course at a local community college or university. Students may also contact David Wu, Instructional Technology Specialist ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 319-226-2054) or Seth Vickers, Instructional Designer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 319-226-2085) for further assistance regarding training resources. 

It is recommended that students have access to an up-to-date personal computer. The Allen College Computer Lab is available to students 24/7. Students who will not be commuting to campus will need to own or have access to a personal computer with reliable Internet access.

Suggested Computer Ancillaries

  • Word processing software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Speakers to hear narrated Power Points presentations

Suggested Internet Browsers

Browser updates occur rapidly. If you are having problems accessing course information, you may want to consider using a different browser or contact Seth Vickers ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 319-226-2085) for assistance.

Internet Connection

  • Access to a high speed connection such as Cable, DSL, or Satellite is required for graduate and RN to BSN students and recommended for all other Allen College student