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Technical Requirement for Taking Online Programs

Students must have a computer with the following hardware and software to effectively take an online course at MacCormac College.

PC Requirements : These are the minimum requirements for computers to take an online course.

  • Intel Core-2 compatible processor or higher
  • 2 Gb of RAM required
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • Windows XP or higher required
  • CD drive and  DVD drive recommended
  • Internet service provider with broadband connection: Internet explorer will NOT run all of the Blackboard functions correctly. Other browsers may allow Blackboard access but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported.
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Java 1.5 or later
  • Speakers

Mac Requirements : These are the minimum requirements for computers to take an online course.

  • Intel, Mac OS X-compatible processor or higher
  • Mac OS X Version 10.4.X or later
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • CD drive and  DVD drive recommended
  • 2 Gb of RAM required
  • Internet service provider with broadband connection: Internet explorer will NOT run all of the Blackboard functions correctly. Other browsers may allow Blackboard access but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported.
  • Microsoft Office: Mac 2008
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Mac supplied Java
  • Speakers

Browser Support for Black Board

The following tables highlight the new platform and browser configurations tested for SP 12 using the following support terms:

  • Certified: Fully supported technology with highest level of testing before release.
  • Compatible: Fully supported technology with minimal level of testing before release.
  • Unsupported: Unsupported technology because it is either impossible or not tested.

Microsoft Windows

 

Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 8

Firefox ESR1

Firefox (Final Release Channel)2

Chrome (Stable Channel)3

Windows XP (32-bit)

Unsupported by Microsoft

Unsupported by Microsoft

Compatible

Certified

Compatible

Compatible

Windows Vista (32-bit)

Unsupported by Microsoft

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Certified

Compatible

Windows Vista (64-bit)

Unsupported by Microsoft

Compatible

Compatible

Certified

Compatible

Compatible

Windows 7 (32-bit)

Unsupported 

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Certified

Certified

Windows 7 (64-bit)

Unsupported 

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Certified

Certified

Windows 8 (32-bit)

Compatible

Unsupported by Microsoft

Unsupported by Microsoft

Certified

Certified

Certified

Windows 8 (64-bit)

Certified

Unsupported by Microsoft

Unsupported by Microsoft

Certified

Certified

Certified

Apple Mac OS

 

Safari 6.0.1

Safari 5.1

Safari 5.0

Safari 4.0

Firefox ESR1

Firefox4 (Final Release Channel)2

Chrome (Stable Channel)3

Mac OSX 10.6

Unsupported by Apple

Certified

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Certified

Certified

Mac OSX 10.7

Certified (10.7.5)

Certified

Unsupported by Apple

Unsupported

Certified

Certified

Certified

Mac OSX 10.8

Certified (10.8.2)

Certified

Unsupported by Apple

Unsupported

Certified

Certified

Certified

1Firefox ESR is a release of Firefox intended for groups who install and maintain the desktop environment in large institutions. More information is available at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/.

2The Firefox Release Channel is the fully tested version by Mozilla and intended to be the most stable. This channel is updated roughly every six weeks. More information is available at http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2011/04/13/new-channels-for-firefox-rapid-releases/.

3The Chrome Stable Channel is the fully tested version by Google and intended to be the most stable as the name implies. This channel is updated roughly every 2-3 weeks for minor releases and 6 weeks for major releases.More information is available at www.chromium.org.

4Firefox 8 and Mac OS are not compatible with the drag and drop functions on Blackboard Learn.

Technologies Not Supported

The following technologies are not supported in SP 12:

  • Internet Explorer 6, 7
  • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and 3.6
  • Safari 2.0, 3.x and any version on Windows
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Mac OSX 10.3, 10.4, 10.5
  • Java 5, although it may continue to work

Other Support in SP 12

Accessibility and JAWS

Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 13 and 14 were used during accessibility testing in SP 12.

JRE Support

JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is not required for users to access and interact with the Learn platform with the exception of the following features and tools:

  • Learn collaboration tools virtual classroom and chat
  • Multiple-file uploads
  • Math equation editor
  • Default text editor shipped with Learn 9.1 SP9 and earlier

Blackboard has tested and supports these features with version 7 JRE. JRE 6 may work, but could result in unexpected behavior. The JRE can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html. Windows system administrators who want to provide auto-download for users can find the.cab file link for the appropriate JRE at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/autodownload-140472.html.

For information about security and JRE, see this Blackboard Security Advisory.

Java Applet Code Signing

Java applets bundled with Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP 12 are now signed with a timestamping authority, https://timestamp.geotrust.com, which certifies that the Blackboard code signing certificate was valid at the point in time when the applet was signed. Web browser client JDKs that trust the timestamping authority will run the applets without error, even after the Blackboard code signing certificate expires. All JDKs since version 1.5 trust this timestamping authority by default.