2020-21 Technology Needs for Students

student on laptop in quadThis important information was sent to students from our Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Paige Francis on June 24, 2020:

TU students,

Access and connectivity are more important today than ever before. The University of Tulsa’s Information Technology (IT) Department is excited to play a role in your success, even if it’s just by ensuring that you have adequate technology to support you on your educational journey. At TU, we are driving consistency in the systems with which you will interact – Microsoft 365, Blackboard/Harvey, Collaborate and more – therefore, we are pleased to make recommendations on technology needs that are proven to work seamlessly with TU systems.

What you will need on campus

You will need a computer/laptop/device. We recommend your device have a camera, microphone, speakers or headphones and an internet connection. You must have the rights to install software such as LockDown Browser (LDB). Where LDB is required, it can only be installed on a Windows (not S mode), Mac or iPad device. Note: Some of our campus systems do not work with Chromebook, Linux or Android. If you are looking to purchase a new computer, we have some great options available for you.

Paige Tip: In the event you need to learn or study remotely, a laptop is the smartest choice. Also note that some disciplines require students to have a laptop.

On-campus Wi-Fi will be sufficient to support your everyday, on-premise learning. For those off-campus times, be sure to check your internet connection to confirm it is adequate for learning. Test your connection speed. The optimal environment for Harvey/Blackboard is a broadband (high-speed) internet connection of 4 Mbps or higher.

Throughout the year, be mindful in making sure you meet the following base technical requirements for learning on and off campus:

  • Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Up-to-date internet browser supported by Blackboard/Collaborate
  • Webcam for testing, office hours, meetings and still/video images
  • Headphones or earbuds and microphone (Computer mics usually work.)
  • Microsoft Office to open files (TU students have free access to Microsoft 365.)

As the university’s technology leader, I cannot wait to see you on campus! I am available to you whenever needed. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @CIOPaige and share your experience 24/7. In addition, please check out our online support page or submit a ticket at any time using help@utulsa.edu. We are here to support you with all of your technology needs and questions.

See you soon,

Paige Francis
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

Quick Links

Specific hardware requirements

University IT website

Financial questions? The government allows for a one-time computer allowance within your federal cost of attendance to assist with computer purchases. In most cases, this will equate to additional loan funding for the Parent Loan or private loans. If you need assistance, please email finaid@utulsa.edu.