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eCollege Technical Requirements

Bringing the Classroom to You

Below you will find information on what you’ll need to ensure your eCollege experience is smooth and hassle free…

Screen Resolution

We recommend setting your screen resolution to 800 x 600 pixels. If you currently see a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your screen and would like to eliminate this, you can do so by resizing your screen. System Requirements

Microsoft Windows Macintosh OS
  • Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 28.8 kbps modem (56K Recommended)
  • SoundCard & Speakers
  • MacOS OS X or higher (in classic mode)
  • 32 MB RAM (64 Recommended)
  • 28.8 kbps modem (56K Recommended)
  • Sound Card & Speakers
At least one of the recommended PC browsers with Java needs to be enabled, although we recommend having two browsers. At least one of the recommended MAC browsers with Java needs to be enabled, although we recommend having two browsers.

Internet Settings

Your internet browser and toolbar settings can prohibit your ability to access your course materials, the course content, and participation in the course.

You may have to update your settings in more than one location if you have a toolbar in addition to your browser.

Pop-up Blockers

Pop-up blocker programs may hinder your ability to view course features. For best results, we suggest you disable your pop-up blocker prior to viewing your course.

Google, Yahoo, Comcast, Qwest, and other toolbars all contain their own pop-up blockers so you may need to turn them all off in order to view everything in a Blackboard course site.

  • To turn them off, scroll over the icons in the toolbars until you see “Pop-up Windows Blocked or “sites Blocked” and then select ‘allow’ for this same icon.

How You View the Web

To take advantage of the latest technology incorporated in this site, and to minimize the need for additional plug-in downloads, we recommend using one of the following:

  • For a PC use Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 7.0)
  • For a Mac use Safari (version 3.0)

Browser Options

Major releases of supported browsers will be tested within 30 days of their public release date. A major release ends with the numbers "0" or "5". We do not typically test minor browser releases. Due to the rapid release cycles of some supported browsers we will support the two latest releases of each browser. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software.



Microsoft Windows


Macintosh OS

  • Internet Explorer 8.0 (recommended)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 (supported)
  • Firefox 5 (recommended)
  • Firefox 4 (supported)
  • Safari 3.0 (recommended)
  • Safari 2.0 (supported)
  • Firefox 4 (recommended)
  • Firefox 3 (supported)


Download on the Downlow

In order to take an online course, you will need to have some basic software to be able to turn in papers, presentations, essays, and other such homework.

Here are the minimum software used in all courses, along with links taking you to their respective pages…

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Office 2008 for Mac
  • Open Office (free office suite)
  • Microsoft Office
  • See video requirements

If you need to convert files into a compatible format, you can learn how to do it on the Microsoft Download Center…

*Please check with the instructor/s of your course/s to find out if you need any further software for your course.

Apps You Might Need

The following components are needed to access certain features of the system. You will be able to access your course without these; however, you may not be able to access the specific feature.

Before downloading any of the applications below, we suggest you check with your instructor to make sure the feature is used in your course.

ClassLive (synchronous tool) ClassLive (synchronous tool)
  • 64 MB Ram
  • Sun Java
  • Soundcard with speakers and microphone or headset
  • Windows Media Player (latest version)
    (student requirement if your instructor utilizes live audio)
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • 56K kbps or higher modem (Instructor Only Requirement for Audio Encoding)
  • Windows Media Encoder 9 (Instructor Only Requirement for Audio Encoding)
  • Microphone (Instructor Only Requirement for Audio Encoding)
  • Windows Media Player (latest version) (Student Requirement if Instructor uses Live Audio)
  • 128MB Ram
  • Safari 1.2 or higher (Macintosh OS X)
  • MacOS Classic Java (MRJ 2.2.5)
  • Sun Java (on this site you will need to select the J2SE JRE download)
  • Windows Media Player (latest version) (Student Requirement if Instructor Utilizes Live Audio)
  • Flip 4 MAC (needed for .wmv files)
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Quicktime 7




Supported Browser Plug-ins Supported Browser Plug-ins
  • Real One Player 2
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Macromedia Shockwave Player
  • Real One Player 2
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Macromedia Shockwave Player
Assistive Technology  
  • JAWS 5.0
  • Window-Eyes 4.11

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