Technical Requirements for Web-based Courses

Web-based Component Requirements

For courses, you need to have:

  • A Computer that is less than 3 years old
  • Internet Access
  • A compatible Internet Browser

For more information, click on a question below to expand the information:

What Kind of Computer do I Need?

Any new computer purchased in the last three years should meet the minimum requirements listed below.

Recommended Computer Specifications

  • Dual Core 2.4 GHz+ (i5 or i7 series or equivalent)
  • Windows 10
  • 16 GB RAM or higher
  • 64 GB hard disk space free
  • A monitor capable of handling at least 1280 x 1024 resolution
  • DVD/BluRay drive
  • Sound card with external speakers
  • Graphics card
  • Broadband connection (15+ Mbps)

Do I need Internet Access?

Many of our courses stream video, so it is recommended that you have a computer and internet access at home with at least 10 Mbps download speed. However if you do not, you can come to campus and use the computer labs. The most widely available lab on campus is the Computer Commons located in the TL building on the main floor. They are open Monday through Sunday from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Which Internet Browser should I Use?

You will want to use a browser which works well with Blackboard, Columbus State's course management system. Click the link below to view a list of browsers currently supported by Blackboard:

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support

Is my Internet Browser ready for Blackboard?

Use the below link to determine whether your browser is supported and configured properly for use with Blackboard.

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support/Browser_Checker

Helpful Hints for the Blackboard User

  1. Disable Pop-Up Blocker Software
  2. Remove Spyware
  3. Check Firewall Settings to make sure settings are not blocking Blackboard or CSCC sites. Depend-lefting on your access location, a Firewall may be on your computer, on a network or through your ISP.
  4. Your browser may need to be set to check for new versions of stored pages with every visit. In Internet Explorer 6.0, go to "Tools" menu and choose "Internet Options". Under "Temporary Internet Files", choose "Settings". Under "Check for Newer Version of Stored Pages", check "Every visit to the page". Click "Ok", then "Ok" again.

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