Independent Study Program: Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

Taking an online course means that each student needs to have a computer that is capable of connecting to and interacting in a Blackboard online class. This requirement is easy to meet provided students have the following available:


  • A computer that can connect to the Internet by high-speed access (DSL, Cable, FIOS).
  • Your monitor resolution set no lower than 800x600. However, we recommend a minimum of 1024x768 resolution for best results.
  • Computer that has a 1GHz processor speed with at least 256MB RAM.
  • Sound card and speakers (optional).


  • Windows OS (XP, Vista, 7) or Mac OSX (Tiger, Leopard, Lion)
  • Internet browser (Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.0+, Safari 3.0+). Using AOL or Opera web browsers are strongly discouraged as they do not work well with Blackboard.
  • A word processing program that can save files in an html or web page format. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, or Word Perfect are examples of programs that will do this. A free alternative is found at
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Java and Javascript enabled in your Internet browser.
  • Quicktime
  • Flash Player
  • Windows Media Player

If you have questions, concerns, or technical problems regarding anything listed below, please contact our Help Desk for assistance.

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