Technical Requirements for Online Learning

Technical Requirements for Online Learning
Technical Requirements

Internet Browser:

Blackboard Learn 9.1 (Version Q4 2016): You must use a supported browser. Check Browser Support for Blackboard for supported browser versions.

Email Address:

You must have a current email address on file in RegE.

Operating System: (one of the following)

Windows XP (IE 9 not supported in Windows XP) , Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8
Macintosh Operating System 10.5 or higher

The following technologies are not supported:

  • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7.
  • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5 and 3.6.
  • Safari 2.0, 3.x (or any version on Windows).
  • Mac OSX 10.3, 10.4 "Tiger" or 10.5.
  • Java (JRE) 5.

Java Runtime Environment: You will need a recent version of the Sun Microsystems Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed for certain Blackboard tools to function properly. Please visit the Sun website to download the latest version. The old Java version(s) should be removed to optimize Blackboard performance on the workstation, if necessary. Managing your Java Tutorial.

Processor: 1.5 Ghz or faster

Memory: 1 Gb of RAM or more

Internet Connection: Broadband (Cable, DSL) or WiFi - Required.
We do not recommend relying on a cellular Internet connection (e.g; Air Card, MiFi) as your primary means of accessing your online course. You are required to have a dependable connection to the Internet, preferably a wired connection. If you do not have a connection at this time, there are a variety of connection options available. You should research the various providers and choose the service that meets your needs and financial situation. Please keep in mind that the speed and reliability of your connection will directly influence your online learning experience.

Plug-ins: The following plug-ins may be required by your course instructor in order to access online course materials.

Adobe PDF Reader - for viewing Portable Document Files (PDF)
Quicktime Player - for viewing movies
RealPlayer - for viewing movies
Flash Player - for viewing animations and movies

Sound Card and Speakers: Required.

Microphone: May be required if your course uses Elluminate Live Classroom.

Printer: Graphics-capable (inkjet or laser printer).

Software: Microsoft Office or software specified by your instructor CD-ROM: 24X may also be required.

Instructor-specific Requirements: Your instructor may alter or add to these technical requirements. Please read your course syllabus carefully!