Technical Requirements

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Systems Requirements

The following minimum hardware and software requirements are necessary in order to access an online class through the current version of Blackboard. Individual instructors may have additional requirements for specific classes. Be sure to check your course syllabus and discuss technology needs with your instructor as early in the class as possible.

  Minimum Recommended

Operating System

Windows XP, Vista, or 7
Mac OSX 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7

Additional information can be found here.

Windows Vista or 7
Mac OSX 10.6 or 10.7

Additional information can be found here.

Processor 1 GHz processor 2 GHz or faster processor
Memory 512 MB of RAM 2 GB of RAM or higher
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 or higher
Free Hard Disk Space 5 GB of free disk space 20 GB or higher of free space
Internet Connection Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher
Internet Browser* IE8, IE9, Safari 4+, Chrome or Firefox Firefox
Java Java is required to use Blackboard. Visit the Java support page to verify your installation of Java
Macromedia Flash Player Flash is required to play videos within the Blackboard system. You can download Flash from the Adobe website

*Disable pop-up blockers in your browser(s) while using Blackboard  

Additional Software and Plug-ins

Most of the materials you will be accessing in Blackboard will consist of web pages, Microsoft documents or Adobe Acrobat files. However, instructors may choose to upload content in a variety of formats. Below you will find a list of common file types that may be used in Blackboard. The software required to view these files is given and links to downloadable versions of the software have been provided if available.

Application Downloads PC Mac
Adobe Acrobat Reader Download

Download

Microsoft Office All currently enrolled KCTCS students are eligible to install the full version of Office 365 Pro Plus on up to 5 devices for free.  This includes PC, Mac, Apple tablets and phones, and Android tablets and phones.  Click here to see how to install it on your devices.


Microsoft Office Views

PC

Mac

Word Viewer

Download

n/a

PowerPoint Viewer

Download

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Excel Viewer

Download

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Video Players

PC

Mac

Macromedia Shockwave Player

Download

Download

QuickTime

Download

Download

Windows Media Playerr Download n/a
Real Player Cloud

Download

n/a

VLC Media Player

Download

Download



Additional Software

PC

Mac

Microsoft Security Essentials

Download

n/a

Ad-Aware Spyware Removal

Download

n/a

SpyBot Search and Destroy

Download

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Remember: These are minimum requirements. Your instructor may have additional requirements in order to achieve the learning objectives of your class.

For additional assistance, you may contact the Go KCTCS! Student Service Center