Technology Requirements

The University recommends the following technical specifications to ensure that students can successfully take proctored examinations and complete online coursework. Students with questions should contact  Students will need:

  • Desktop or laptop computer that runs at least Windows 7 or Mac OS X, with at least 2GB RAM. (Tablets, like iPads and Surface, are incompatible with Patten’s learning platform for uploading assignments and completing proctored exams.)
  • Webcam (built in or external with a resolution at least 640 x 480, with 1280×720 recommended)
  • Computer microphone (many webcams have built in microphones)
  • Computer speakers or headphones
  • Software applications to produce documents, spreadsheets and presentations (such as MS Office or Google Apps)
  • Google Chrome web browser (most current version) with Adobe Flash Player installed. (Adobe Flash Player is a free download at
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection of at least 3 Mbps download and upload speed (test internet speed at
  • Reliable high-speed Internet connection of at least 1 Mbps (1.5 Mbps recommended)