Allen College

Minimum Technology Requirements

Allen College students must meet minimum technology requirements to successfully complete online and hybrid courses. The Allen College Computer Lab is available to students 24/7 and contains 24 computers meeting the minimum technology requirements. It is highly recommended students have access to the following technologies.

Please contact Seth Vickers at or at (319) 226-2085 if you need help in obtaining, installing, or using any of these technologies, or if you have problems using any of these technologies.

  • Up-to-date personal computer or laptop
  • High speed internet connection
  • Microsoft Office 365 Software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote)
    • As an Allen College student you will have access to five free downloads of Office 365.
  • Speaker to hear recorded lectures
  • Internet browser
    • Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer for PC
    • Safari for Mac
    • If you have browser problems:
      • Please try a different browser. For PCs, Firefox or Google Chrome are recommended for the best performance in Blackboard
  • Printer or access to a printer
    • Allen College provides four printers for student use. Two are available 24/7 in the computer lab, one is in the Barrett Forum Library, and the other is in Winter Hall.
  • Examples of commonly used technologies in Allen College courses include:
    • Panopto
    • YouTube
    • Turnitin
    • Remote Proctor Now
    • Collaborate Ultra
    • Adobe Reader

Please note that other possible technologies, such as Epocrates, subscriptions (such as to free email lists like Tomorrow's Professor, Faculty Focus, and the like), plug-ins, etc. may be required in specific courses. Information on obtaining these technologies will be provided in individual courses.