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In the Kaplan University online learning environment, computer software and hardware allows you to communicate clearly and effectively with faculty, staff, and other students. It is the vehicle by which you submit all course assignments. Without the appropriate software and hardware, you will not be able to access course materials, collaborate with faculty, and complete assignments for submission and grading.
Along with the technology requirements, all students should review and be aware of any additional software and hardware requirements for their classes prior to enrollment. Please review the following information carefully. If you have questions about these requirements or about whether your current software or hardware is appropriate for a class in which you would like to enroll, contact your Education Advisor at 866.522.7747 (Toll Free). If you need to purchase additional software, please see the Recommended Software Vendor section for information about discounted student rates.
All courses at Kaplan University require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Office. Assignments created using other applications, such as Microsoft Works or WordPerfect, are not acceptable. Macintosh files created using applications other than the MS Office suite are not satisfactory and will not be accepted by the instructor.
All students are required to have Microsoft Office 2007 or a more recent version such as Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus which is available as a free, renewable subscription to active, enrolled students at Kaplan University through the following online path: KU Campus > Community Center tab > Student Store & Discounts > OnTheHub. Note that if you are purchasing Microsoft Office for the first time, you may have to purchase Office 2010 or 2013, in which case you may also need to purchase an upgrade for your operating system.
Students enrolled in programs through the School of Information Technology are required to have Microsoft Office 2007 Professional or a more recent version and must have at least the Windows XP Professional operating system installed.
In addition to Kaplan University's technology requirements, students must possess the following computer hardware prior to enrolling in Open College at Kaplan University: sound card with speakers, webcam, and microphone.
Some courses have additional software and hardware requirements. All students should review the chart below carefully, as well as any software or hardware requirements specified on the online course pages or in communications from your instructor. Please check to ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements needed to run any additional software. All software and hardware requirements are subject to change.
All arts and sciences courses require Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, available as a free download at http://office.microsoft.com/OfficeUpdate/default.aspx?displaylang=EN (if you do not have PowerPoint already). From this page, search for "PowerPoint Viewer." In addition, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Communication program must have access to a computer with a built-in microphone and webcam or an external headset with a microphone and an external webcam. Please note: Kaplan University's Support and Solutions Team is not available to offer guidance or technical support concerning the use of microphones or webcams. Students should understand how to operate the built-in features and/or external equipment prior to using them in the classroom environment.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN and graduate nursing programs will utilize Shadow Health software throughout the program. The current, one-time fee is $99 and is paid directly to Shadow Health. Course syllabi will provide directions to students to purchase the software. Please note: Kaplan University's Support and Solutions Team is not available to offer guidance or technical support concerning the use of Shadow Health. Shadow Health provides technical support for students.
Associate's Business (AB)
Childhood Education (CE)
Criminal Justice (CJ)
Fire Science (FS)
Health Science (HS)
Information Technology (IT)
Medical Assisting (MA)
Medical Office Management (MO)
Paralegal Studies (PA)
Public Administration and Policy (PP)
Social Science (SS)
Graduate Business (GB)
Graduate Management (GM)
Homeland Security (HM)
Instructional Design (IX)
Legal Studies (LS)
Public Health (PU)
If you plan to register for a course that requires software you do not currently have installed, try finding it at OnTheHub, the online software store that offers software at a substantial student discount.
To visit OnTheHub, log in to KU Campus, click on the Community Center tab on the homepage, click on Student Store & Discounts, then click on OnTheHub.
Please note: Enrolled, active students at Kaplan University may now download and install Microsoft Office for free through the Office 365 ProPlus free subscription available on the OnTheHub site. Office 365 ProPlus is the equivalent of the full Office 2013 version containing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
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Microsoft Word 2010 and the other Office 2010 applications require at least a Windows XP operating system. Microsoft Office 2010 will not install on computers running previous versions of Windows including 2000 ME, 98, 95, 3.x, or NT4.
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