The goal of our “Electronics for the Class Policy” is to foster every student’s confidence in their ability to learn. Instructors and students commit to supporting one another in this mutual goal by arriving at class prepared, which includes having adequate technology to fully participate in and not hinder class learning.
Here are SAA’s most important electronic/device requirements and suggestions for SAA students and families:
- Computer/Mobile Device: SAA provides a virtual classroom, which is accessible on all devices (desktops, laptops, and mobile devices); however, we have found that mobile devices do not lend themselves to the student’s full participation in the learning environment. Therefore, we strongly recommend the use of desktops or laptops instead of mobile devices.
- Media Peripherals: All students are required to have a working microphone, webcam, and headphones.
- These tools allow the student to participate fully in class time activities.
Internet & Device System Requirements:
- Devices that don’t meet the minimum requirements below will struggle to perform compatibly with the virtual classroom.
- Internet Speed: We recommend 3mbps each way per student. A minimum of 1.5mpbs each way per student is required to void dropout. (Note: Keep in mind that this is per person who is on the internet at any given time. If 5 people are in the house, it is wise to assume that all five people will be on the internet during class time.)
- Processor & Memory: Intel i3 processor (or equivalent) and 8GB RAM or more is recommended to have a lag-free experience and no dropouts.
- Devices that do not meet or exceed these requirements may lead to the student missing learning material.
Student Environment Requirements:
- SAA expects students to attend class time from a distraction-free home environment. SAA recommends having a designated “quiet area” for the student during class time. Background noises (other kids, dogs, etc.), create a distraction for the student and class, and make it difficult for students to focus.
- Webcams are required to be on during class time.
- Students are required to be able to verbally communicate during class time when called upon by the instructor. Inability to do so (that is not the result of a learning challenge, which should be discussed with the instructor), inhibits the learning process and impedes the student’s self-confidence.
- Creating a learning environment that fosters the student’s self-confidence indicates to the student the importance that should be placed upon their education and supports them in their learning efforts.