Network ID, MyWSU, WSU ID and email set up
Refer to the WSU Admissions website for instructions.
Recommended Computer Setup
These recommendations for hardware and software establish a baseline requirement for participation in College of Nursing courses. You can expect to have higher performance and a more satisfying online experience with equipment that exceeds, not merely meets, these baseline specifications. Certain courses may require additional capability and/or specific software programs. Information about these specific requirements is available in the course syllabus.
Operating System— The Microsoft Windows Operating System is the standard system used for all Nursing courses. Students must have Microsoft Windows 10, and be able to install Windows-based software.
Note: You may use Apple or other operating systems, provided that you can install and run Windows programs “virtually” and transfer files to others in Windows formats.
The following details basic minimums generally considered necessary to run the software described. The first and foremost rule when contemplating a computer purchase is The software determines the hardware.
- Processor: minimum processing power comparable to that of a Intel Core i5-4xxx 2.5 GHz processor.
- Memory: at least 8 Gigabytes.
- Hard Drive: min 256 Gigabytes.
- Display: Must support resolution of 1280×800 or higher.
- Microphone and speakers. Preferred: USB headset with earphones and microphone. Alternative: echo-cancelling microphone/speaker system.
- Webcam if not built into laptop.
- USB ports: At least two USB ports.
- Networking: WiFi wireless connectivity required.
Although Blackboard Collaborate can be used with low bandwidth, WSU recommends that you have an Internet connection capable of 1.5 Mbps or better for live broadcasts and streaming live video, and to reduce network congestion and minimize audio/video quality problems. You can check your Internet bandwidth and firewall settings with the WSU Global Campus Connection speed and firewall test
Note: You must ensure that popup blockers are configured to allow and accept popups from http://*.wsu.edu – or disabled entirely while using WSU online services.
Likewise, you must configure your system to accept cookies from WSU sites.
Anti-virus Software—It is imperative that you have installed and regularly update anti-virus software on your computer. The minimum requirement is Microsoft Security Essentials, available at no cost from Microsoft. Most experts recommend other commercial antivirus products. Well-known brands include TrendNet, and AVG.
Office—You will need the ability to use Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
Note: Office 365 is provided with your WSU account. Other Microsoft products are available to students through CougTech at substantial discounts.
Other General Software—
- Adobe Acrobat Reader – free download