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Devices and Technology

As an online college, technology powers everything we do at Calbright. The best technology for your education is simple, available, and easy to use. 

Our technology is provided for free. You won’t have to pay for any course materials or access to tech since what we use are publicly available platforms you may already be familiar with.

Hardware

You’ll need a computer and reliable internet to take online classes. 

If you don’t have a laptop or a reliable internet connection, Calbright has a lending library offering both Chromebooks and wifi hotspots to enrolled students who need them. Schedule an appointment with your Academic Success Counselor by visiting your Student Portal to learn more.

If you do have a computer and internet access, you can take a computer readiness test and test your internet speed to see if your equipment will work for online classes.

Platforms

If you can use Google Chrome, docs, sheets and Zoom, you’re already familiar with 80% of the programs you’ll ever use at Calbright.

Google Productivity Suite

For most of your communication and work with Calbright, you’ll be using the free Google productivity suite: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.

Because many of us already have Google accounts, next we’ll share how to use Google profiles to distinguish between your personal and school accounts. Once you’re logged in, you’ll have access to all of the Google apps as a Calbright College student.

Google Chrome

We recommend using Google’s Chrome browser and setting up a profile in Chrome that has your Calbright College account linked to it, to help you stay organized and to avoid confusion with your personal account bookmarks and passwords. If you need a walkthrough on how to set up your Google Chrome profile for school: here’s a video explaining how in more detail.

Zoom

The video conferencing tool we use is Zoom. Zoom offers free downloads for your computer and mobile device.

Once enrolled, anytime you receive an invite to join a meeting with your professor or counselor, you’ll click a link and directly enter a video call. You’ll have the option to turn your video on or off, as well as join by phone if necessary. You’re also welcome to join as a guest, creating a Zoom account is not required to join our meetings. If you need a walkthrough on how to use Zoom: here’s a video explaining how in more detail.

Online Classes

Calbright also uses additional platforms for our online programs including a Strut Learning Management System, LinkedIn Learning and NetTutor. As an enrolled student, you’ll have access to these for free, and you’ll have access to wraparound supports on hand to walk you through these systems and answer any questions.

Student Portal

As an enrolled student, you’ll have courses and assignments to keep track of. Fortunately, they’ll all be in one place: your Student Portal.  

The first time you visit, you’ll be asked to provide your Calbright College email address and to create a new password. Afterward, you can visit the portal any time to pick up where you left off, to request accessibility services, or contact your support team if you need help or want to request a device from the Lending Library.

Additional Resources

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Communication Resources

Online education has so many advantages, but it can also feel isolating at times.

Learn about tips and tricks for overcoming these challenges.

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Support Resources

Learning at Calbright is flexibly paced but you’re not alone. We offer wraparound services to support your progress on and offline.

Learn more about Calbright support services.