Technical Requirements

If you are ready to get started with hybrid and online classes, the following information will help you get your computer prepared for use with Blackboard.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Requirements

Users connecting to the Online Learning server must meet the minimum required Internet Service requirements:

Minimum Required Speed Dial-Up (56 Kbps)
Recommended Speed Cable (27 Mbps) or DSL
Types Supported Dial-Up, ISDN, Cable, DSL, T1, T3

Web Browser Requirements

Supported Web Browsers Browser Support for Blackboard April 2014
Browser Plug-ins Browser Support for Blackboard April 2014 (Scroll down to the Java and Other Browser Plugins section)

Other Software Requirements

Email
  • My Mail inside Blackboard
  • WATC Student Email
Word Processor
  • Microsoft Word is the word processor software required for many courses
  • If you do not own a copy of Microsoft Word, you access it via Remote Desktop
Virus Protection
  • Any Anti-Virus program will work as long as it is installed on your computer and kept up to date
  • See Software Downloads for some examples of free or free trial Virus Protection