Technical Requirements for Online Courses

Since your course will be accessed through your computer and Internet connection, it is important that you have the proper computer configuration. Outlined below are the basic technical requirements (minimum and recommended) for participation in an online course.

Some online courses will have additional technical requirements - please check the individual course link (see course schedule) or contact the instructor for details.

PC Configuration

Mac Configuration
   
2 GHZ Processor (Dual Core) or better 2 GHZ Processor (Dual Core) or better
4 GB RAM (or more)
4 GB RAM (or more)
Broadband (Cable or DSL)
    Prefer Ethernet (not Wireless)
Broadband (Cable or DSL)
    Prefer Ethernet (not Wireless)
Windows XP, Vista, or 7 Mac OS 10.6 (or better)

Internet Explorer 8 or 9 (in Compatibility Mode)
Firefox (V 10 or better)

  • Cookies Enabled
  • JavaScript Enabled

Safari (V5.1 or better)
Firefox (V 10 or better)

  • Cookies Enabled
  • JavaScript Enabled
Internet access with an E-mail Account Internet access with an E-mail Account
Plugins:  Latest Version of:  Adobe Reader, Flash, and Java Plugins:  Latest Version of:  Adobe Reader, Flash, and Java
Recommended Software: Microsoft Office 2007 or Office 2010 Recommended Software: Microsoft Office Office 2011
Course-specific plug-ins* Course-specific plug-ins*
Course-specific software* Course-specific software*
Course-specific hardware* Course-specific hardware*

* Some courses may have additional technical requirements. To find out if a course has additional technical requirements, view the course in the Online Course Schedule.

Blackboard Browser Requirements

Blackboard™ Learn Release 9.1 SP8 (9.1.82223.0) is tested with a variety of technologies. The following information comes from the Blackboard website.

Certified: fully tested and supported. 
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly. 
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested. 

Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

 

Internet Explorer® 9 Internet Explorer 8 Firefox (Final Release Channel) Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel )

Windows® XP (32-bit)

Unsupported Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

Windows Vista® (32-bit)

Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible

Windows Vista (64-bit)

Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

Windows 7 (32-bit)

Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified

Windows 7 (64-bit)

Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

Apple® Mac OS® Operating System

 

Safari® 5.1 Safari® 5.0 Safari 4.0 Firefox (Final Release Channel) Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel)

Mac OSX 10.6 "Snow Leopard®"

Compatible Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified
Mac OSX 10.7 "Lion®" Compatible Unsupported Unsupported Compatible Compatible Compatible

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