PA Technology Requirements 2019-2020
In order to be successful in the PA Program, all students are required to have a mobile computing device throughout the Program. Students will be able to choose and purchase a device from any manufacturer that meets their learning needs, as long as it meets the minimum requirements outlined below. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he/she has a functioning device in all classes at all times, with no exceptions.
It is highly recommended that the student purchase a hardware warranty to match the length of the PA Program to cover any unforeseen hardware repair needs.
Two Technology Options:
Option 1: laptop (Mac or PC)
Option 2: Windows dedicated tablet:
A dedicated tablet is a standalone device that requires an external keyboard/touch pad/mouse and may or may not have onboard ports. Some devices have external docks/sleeves that provide the device with additional ports and battery life.
Minimum Hardware Requirements:
|Specifications||Windows (PC)||Macintosh (Mac)|
|Processor||5th Generation Intel i5/i7 or newer||5th Generation Intel i5/i7 or newer|
|Memory (RAM)||8 GB or more||8 GB or more|
|Storage||250 GB or more||250 GB or more|
|Wireless||802.11 b/g/n/ac||802.11 b/g/n/ac|
|Network Adapter:||Ethernet 10/100||Ethernet 10/100|
|Operating System||Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)||OS 10.11 minimum|
|Screen Resolution||1024x768 or higher||1024x768 or higher|
|Backup Storage:||500 GB||500 GB|
Starting in the Summer 2019 term, the PA Program is transitioning the delivery of assessments from traditional paper-based exams to computer-based exams utilizing ExamSoft. ExamSoft is a secure testing platform that allows the ability to streamline the testing process and better track student performance. By adopting this software, we will be able to better assess student progress throughout our program and evaluate the success of our curriculum in meeting program and college outcomes.
Students will take their assessments on their own devices (Windows & Mac laptops) using the Examplify software. While our recommended minimum system requirements (see table above) meet or exceed Examsoft’s minimum requirements in some areas, you are encouraged to confirm that your device also meets the Examplify minimum requirements for Windows & Mac laptops. Please note that the version of ExamSoft being used at Butler is not compatible with iPads; a Windows or Mac laptop must be used.
Butler Technological discounts:
- Butler offers hardware discounts on purchases through Apple, Dell, and HP (https://www.butler.edu/it/hardware-devices).
- Various software discounts are available as well (https://www.butler.edu/it/software/university-owned).
Devices That Are Not Acceptable:
- Dedicated Tablets running Windows RT or Android operating system
- iPad (as primary device)
For questions contact the IT Help Desk.