UNF expects all distance learning students to have moderate proficiency and ready access to a personal computer, as well as the software required in his or her program of study.
A PC (Windows) computer should have:
A Macintosh computer should have:
Tablets – like iPads, Surface RT’s & Android tablets - are great for browsing the Internet, and using apps that are built to be mobile. They are not ideal for working seriously in word processing or spreadsheet applications (like MS Word or Excel.) Additionally, while Blackboard’s mobile app has recently undergone a significant update, there are still some limitations in functionality.
“Light” Devices – like Netbooks or Chromebooks – are great option for an “underpowered” laptop. Light, fast, long-lasting, and stylish - most of these devices provide enough power and memory to perform quite well in standard Office applications*. They do sacrifice a little in versatility, customization and graphics/audio in order to keep their weight down – so don’t expect the same performance in all areas.
*A note about Office applications on “light” devices: some of these devices run the Office applications natively (on the machine), while others run them through the web, which can affect functionality.
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