Technology and software you’ll need for online study

Headset for computer or games console incorporating ear-buds and a microphone

I’d recommend that both new and returning students check the web page published recently by the University’s Information Services department entitled “Tech and software for online study” https://www.kent.ac.uk/guides/tech-and-software-for-online-study

It’s worth adding that a webcam, if you’re using a device that doesn’t have one, is pretty much essential too, unless you fancy using your smartphone as the camera. Relatively few desktop PCs have a webcam as part of the standard configuration but some screens have them built in.

You’re also very likely to benefit from a comfortable headset i.e. ear-buds or headphones with microphone. Gaming headsets will usually work. Headsets tend to connect via USB but the set shown in this blog entry’s headline image** uses a 3.5 mm jack. Not all devices will have these.

** Not a recommendation: user needs and preferences will be highly variable

 

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