Hardware and Software

Recommended Hardware:
• Desktop or Laptop with 1.0 GHz processor or faster
• 1 gigabyte RAM (memory) or more
• Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 operating system
• Hard Disk Space: 40 gigabyte or more free space
• 1024x768 resolution or higher and 128 MB video RAM or more
• Ethernet (100 Mbps) or wireless (802.11 b/g) internet connection
• CD-R/W, DVD-R/W or USB mass-storage device (helpful)
• Sound card and speakers
• Headset with microphone

Recommended Software:
•Office Suite (e.g., Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, GoogleDocs)
•Adobe Reader (free download) or other PDF software
• Java Version 6 (free download here)


Software Inventory

Access to the Blackboard™ course management system and Banner™ registration system is provided upon registering for a class or being scheduled to teach with LTU Online. LTU provides extensive instructions on using the Blackboard™ and Banner™ systems.

Student laptops and desktops should be configured with current versions of web browsers and free multimedia software. Check your personal technology software environment here. Interpret your results below:


How To Upgrade Your Environment

Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
Firefox 2 or higher
Safari 3 or higher 

Visit http://www.microsoft.com
Visit http://www.mozilla.org/
Visit http://www.apple.com/macosx

Windows XP or higher
Max OS X 10 or higher 

Visit http://www.microsoft.com/
Visit http://www.apple.com/

Broadband connection

Internet Service Provider information...

Javascript enabled

See your browser option settings...

Java Runtime Engine 6.0+ Visit http://www.java.com/ for free download

Cookies enabled

See your browser option settings...

Screen resolution 800x600 or higher

See your screen option settings...

Color depth 16 or higher

See your screen option settings...

Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 or higher

See http://www.adobe.com/ for free download

Apple Quicktime Player

See http://www.apple.com/quicktime for free download

Macromedia Flash and Shockwave

See http://www.macromedia.com/ for free download

Real Media Player

See http://www.real.com/ for free download

Windows Media Player

See http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/

Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Tools

You may wish to make use of these free or open source anti-virus, anti-spyware, or browser tools on your laptop or desktop computers. 

Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Tools

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Anti-spyware tool

AVG Antivirus Software

Anti-virus tool

avast! antivirus software

Anti-virus tool

Spybot Search & Destroy

Open source anti-spyware tool


Anti-spyware tool.



Operating Systems and Browsers

Open Solaris

Download Sun Solaris operating system at no cost.


Open source Web browser to replace Internet Explorer


Open source e-mail client to replace Outlook / Outlook Express

Open Source and Free Software

The Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) or the comparable Open Office suites of productivity tools are required for viewing course materials and preparing assignments. You may wish to use many of these free software tools during your LTU Online courses to prepare materials and communicate with your colleagues. Be sure to check with your instructor regarding the use of these free tools for submitting assignments.

Category and Product


Communication and Collaboration


Collaborative writing software allowing groups to write, share, revise, and compare documents.


Hosted Wiki environment, free for small users.


Hosted Wiki environment, free for small users.


Hosted Wiki environment, free for small users and low cost for groups.


No-cost VOIP service. Can add premium services such as calling-out and voice-mail.

Vox No-cost blogging service.


No-cost web collaboration service. Whiteboarding, screen sharing, and desktop sharing for up to 20 participants.


Freeware tool for preparing Flash "tours" of software or Web processes.



Office/Productivity Software

MS Office Tutorials Set of Microsoft Office tutorials developed by Microsoft.


Open source alternative to MS Office. Allows you to save any document in PDF format.


Google's free photo organizer service.


Creates a printer on your system that generates PDF files. You still need the free Acrobat Reader to read PDF files.



Project Management


Open source project and task management software


General purpose project management tool

Open Workbench

Open Source Project Management and Project Scheduling for Windows



Process Mapping, Statistics, and Knowledge Management


Free concept mapping software.


Open source UML and modeling in Java.

Synthis Process Modeler

Fully functional process modeling software for individuals, low cost for enterprises.

Free Statistical Software

"The Impoverished Social Scientist's Guide to Free Statistical Software and Resources"

Visio Tutorials Free tutorials and documentation for learning to use Visio.


Free open-source ontology editor and knowledge-base framework from Stanford University.