Allen College

Minimum Computer Skills Requirements

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 college and health system-approved software applications as outlined in the Allen College "Minimum Technology Requirements"
  • 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., Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari)
  • Use a learning management system (e.g., Blackboard or Evolve)
  • Use the Allen College email system
  • Attach documents to Allen College emails
  • Use the search engines and follow online links (e.g. Google, EBSCOhost , etc.)
  • Follow all cybersecurity guidelines as outlined by Allen College and UnityPoint Health

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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 Jared Roller, Instructional Designer ( or David Wu, Instructional Technology Specialist ( for further assistance regarding training resources.