Technology Requirements

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We will provide students with access to our Google Apps for Education domain, Canvas (the learning management system we use), as well as our live meeting solution. However, in order to make use of these technologies, you will need:

  • access to an email account for essential communications from TIP; we will provide a special TIP email account for students to use during the term, but a personal or family address is used for pre- and post-term communication
  • a computer—mobile devices cannot be used to complete the eInvestigators Program
  • consistently reliable Internet with at least 2k kbps available bandwith
  • the Google Chrome web browser with cookies enabled and JavaScript (version 1.6.0_13 or higher)—the program tools and platforms will not work properly in other browsers
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player (version 11.2 or higher)—both are free to download
  • speakers or headphones to hear instructors during live meetings; although not required, a USB headset with microphone is encouraged so that students can speak during the meeting
  • a webcam is also encouraged for an optimal live meeting experience, though students can participate without one
  • consistent and reliable access to the Google domain if traveling to or living in countries that restrict web access—students cannot successfully complete this program without reliable access to Google

Technical assistance

If students encounter difficulties with accessing their course, live meetings, or digital materials, they should first contact their instructor. Guides and technical support documents can also be found at TIPonline.duke.edu.

If students are having difficulty with their hardware or with software unrelated to TIP-provided tools, they will need to seek technical assistance from the computer or software manufacturer.

eInvestigators is a month-long online program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders that takes place each year in the spring, summer, and fall. Using leading-edge instructional technology, participants collaborate with a small group of classmates and an expert Lead Investigator to collect clues about a real-life mystery, analyze evidence, and propose theories.