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Technical Requirements for Distance Education

Minimum

Recommended

2 GB RAM

4 GB RAM

Dial-up Internet Connection (not required for MultiMedia courses)

Broadband Internet Connection (not required for MultiMedia courses)

Windows 7 or newer
MacOS 10.8 or newer

Windows 7 or newer

Mozilla Firefox 31 and up, Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 36 and up, Safari 6 and up

Mozilla Firefox 31 and up

Text Editor

MS Word or MS Office 365 (free)

Audio/Video Player

Audio/Video Player

Course-specific plug-ins

Course-specific plug-ins

Course-specific software

Course-specific software

Java 7 or newer

Java 7 or newer

Mouse, touchpad, or stylus

Mouse is recommended for best results with BioSig–ID



Some online courses may have additional requirements due to the technologies used in the course, such as a microphone, webcam, or additional software. Please check the Special Requirements column of our Online Course Catalog to ensure you have everything you need for your course.


Although most mobile devices support the browser technology required for Blackboard, they may not support all technologies used in some online courses. Check the course requirements to be sure. You can also download the free Blackboard mobile app from your app store to make it easier to use Blackboard on your mobile device.


For a list of required technical skills and recommended attributes, see Skills Needed to Succeed.

Internet Browsers


JavaScript is a requirement for taking CTC online courses in Blackboard. Internet browsers and mobile devices generally have JavaScript enabled by default, but allow you to disable JavaScript in the preferences. CTC online courses require that you have an internet browser/device with JavaScript enabled.

JavaScript logo (Source: StackExchange)

Is JavaScript enabled on your browser? Test Your Browser to find out. If JavaScript is disabled, check your browser/device preferences to enable it. Downloading the free Blackboard mobile app from your app store can also make it easier to use Blackboard on your mobile device.

Do you need to update your browser?


  • If you are using Microsoft Windows 8 and/or Internet Explorer 10, we highly recommend that you use an alternate browser or go to the Microsoft Website and upgrade Internet Explorer.
  • If you are using Mozilla Firefox, you should be using version 31 or higher. If not, update it for free by visiting http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/.
  • If you are using Google Chrome, you should be using version 36 or higher. If not, update it for free by visiting https://www.google.com/chrome/.

Tour a sample CTC Blackboard course

  • Go to http://ctc.blackboard.com
  • Log in
    • Username: bbuser
    • Password: bbuser
  • Under My Courses, select Student_Sample_Course_2018.
  • Navigate through the course and try out Blackboard features - post to a discussion board, take a sample exam, etc.

Use these links to download and install the internet tools commonly used in CTC online courses:


Download Acrobat Reader
Download Real Player
Download QuickTime
Download Shockwave Player
View Powerpoint Presentations