Students majoring in Educational Technology
are being trained to assume leadership roles as educational professionals.
It is, therefore, expected that they will build their own collection
of professional tools, including reference materials and equipment.
In all courses, the cost of materials and services must be borne
by the students. The faculty of Educational Technology recommend
that students consider the following:
- A personal computer is required in all aspects of the program.
All students must have their own computer, as the dependence on
someone else's equipment (including the labs') has proven to be
unreliable. A quality printer must also be available. Though no
particular brand is endorsed by the department, either Macintosh
and Windows platforms are acceptable. While a preference for a
specific "platform" is understandable, the student will be expected
to acquire a reasonable knowledge of, familiarity with and use
of other platforms. The particulars given below reflect what is
available in departmental facilities.
Upon determination of ultimate needs, the selected brand/model
needs to have high (at least 64 MB) and still expandable memory
(RAM), high and/or expandable storage memory (8GB and even more
is not unreasonable), and a fast-speed CD-ROM. For multimedia
use and development, peripheral components (such as a ZIP, or
CD-ROM-R or even WR drive) may become necessary to be added to
the system. For laptops or notebooks, high speed modem, of course,
is a sine-qua-non of the system, although a fax/modem may prove
to be more useful. For desktops, service to the Internet through
DSL or cable modem connection may be preferable. A good printer
is also a must, while a scanner and a fax machine are additional
items to be seriously considered.
- Textbooks, trade books, and software will be needed in most
ETEC courses. As future professionals, the students are expected
to own personal copies of such resources as MS Office. The faculty
are aware of the high cost of many of these items, and make the
requirements of them only after careful consideration of their
value to future professionals.
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