Due to the wide variety of computer hardware/software/browser combinations available, it is nearly impossible to give a comprehensive list that accounts for all variations. What follows is the most common equipment necessary for a successful Blackboard experience.
Students should own or have daily access to a computer. Students can use a PC or a Mac that meets these minimum hardware requirements. BusTc classes and CIS 105 require the use of a PC.
| Minimum configuration for PC:
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Operating System and Browser
Current list of supported browsers and operating systems.
You'll need a reliable connection to the Internet for online courses. You can connect to the Internet by signing up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). There are many ISPs to choose from. Your local phone or cable company may offer Internet access
To take an online course, you need to use your Shoreline e-mail account.
Find out how to access your Shoreline email account, Shoreline e-mail account.
Downloading Web Browsers
Software and Browser Plug-ins
Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Java which can be downloaded here. You will need a word processor in order to create documents for your online class. The most common are Microsoft Word and WordPad. Also, if you do not have Microsoft Office, these free downloads will allow you to view files created using Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), or PowerPoint (.ppt).
Some of the Blackboard pages may have content that requires a plug-in or other software to be viewed. Plug-ins are small software programs that let you hear music or other sounds, watch full-motion video, or enjoy multimedia presentations. List of additional recommended plug-ins for Java, Acrobat, and various media players.