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Student Baseline Technology Requirements

Technology Expectations for LIS Students, established by the LIS Technology Committee
Approved May 22, 2013.

Successful progress through the Master's program requires competencies in basic computer skills and programs, such as communicating via the Internet, as well as accessing library and office applications. This list provides requirements to aid prospective and current students in assessing their skills and abilities along with links to tutorials to obtain these skills.   

For students wishing to enhance their computing skills, we also periodically offer free Saturday workshops covering basic skills that are not taught in regular courses. Also, you can click the links below for tutorials on the skills listed below.

CUA and LIS also offer computer lab facilities for student use. LIS maintains a computer lab in the LIS Media Lab Columbus School of Law 318 and the Information Commons. LIS student can also check out laptop computers from the LIS Media Lab.

Overview of Technology Expectations

  1. Daily access to desktop or laptop
  2. Internet connection with access to and enough capacity to stream video and audio
  3. Software installed on your computer – current versions of:
    • Operating system - Windows, Mac OS or Linux
    • Word processing, presentation, & spreadsheet software (MSOffice, Google, Open Office, etc.)
    • Web Browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari)
    • Anti-virus software 
CUA Computing Environment  
  1. Log onto, check and send email with your CUA email account
  2. Find and enroll in classes on Cardinal Station
  3. Locate books and journal articles using ALADIN
  4. Manage files in My Files in Home@CUA (also known as the M drive)
  5. Find the following items on LIS’s web site: course catalog, class schedule and syllabi for the current and past semesters, faculty information, administrative forms, LIS program requirements and courses of study and academic policies
  6. Academic software
    • Use Blackboard learning management system (LMS): view announcements and course materials, read and post to discussion forums, submit assignments, view grades
    • Participate in a webinar using web conferencing software such as Adobe Connect Pro: know the hardware, software and network access needed
  7. General Computing
  8. MS Word 2013 step-by-step Quick Guide  | Watch videos            
  9. MS PowerPoint 2013 Presentation step-by-step Quick Guide | Watch videos
  10. MS Excel 2013 Spreadsheet Workshop | Watch videos
  11. Email                
  12. Web


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