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Technical Requirements for Distance Learning

Do you have the necessary tools?

Although technology is increasingly user friendly, distance learning courses do require a minimum level of computer competency.

If you are considering an online course or a course with an online component, you should have reliable, convenient access to a computer and the Internet, and be comfortable with basic computer and Internet tasks.

If you are not comfortable using a computer, you will probably be overwhelmed by the technology requirements of the course. Try taking a computer basics class before attempting a course that is dependent on using a computer. If you are comfortable using a computer but don't feel you have reliable and convenient access to one, you may find it difficult to fully participate and keep up with course assignments.

What kind of computer do I need?

You will need a PC or Macintosh computer with Internet access and a compatible browser. It is highly recommended that your computer is no more than three  years old. Please see below for recommended technical requirements:

Recommended PC Requirements Recommended Mac Requirements
Dual Core Processor G5 processor
Windows XP Home or Professional or newer Mac OS X 10.4 or newer
2 GB RAM or higher 2 GB MB RAM or higher
16 GB hard disk space free 16 GB hard disk space free
A monitor capable of handling at least 1024 x 768 resolution      A monitor capable of handling at least 1024 x 768 resolution
DVD drive (16x) or faster DVD drive (16x) or faster
Sound card with external speakers Sound card with external speakers
Broadband connection (DSL, cable, etc) Broadband connection (DSL, cable, etc)


Do I need Internet access?

It is recommended that you have Internet access at home. If you do not have access at home, you may use the computer labs on campus. Find out more about computer lab locations and hours of operation here: Technology tools for your success.

What Internet browser can I use?

Blackboard supports five primary browsers.

How should I configure my system and browser settings?

Java Script Enabled
Cookies Enabled
Frames Enabled
Images Enabled
Screen Resolution                         1024 x 768                                           


What plugins will my computer need?

Adobe Authorware Player Adobe (Macromedia) Authorware Player        Download
Adobe Flash Player Adobe (Macromedia) Flash Player Download
Adobe Macromedia Shockwave Adobe (Macromedia) Shockwave Download
Adobe Acrobat Adobe Acrobat Download
Java Runtime Environment Java Runtime Environment Download
Quicktime Quicktime Download
RealPlayer RealPlayer Download
Windows Media Player Windows Media Player Download


What technical requirements do I need to run SmarterMeasure?

  • Access to the Internet 28.8K modem or faster (A minimum 56k modem is recommended to download components such as audio files.)
  • Cookies set to enabled
  • Java Script set to enabled
  • Firewall Set to not block cookies or access to a secure server
  • Pop-up Blocking set to disabled
  • Audio Speakers Turned On
  • Download Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher 
  • Download Macromedia Flash Player 


Have questions? Please contact us. We are happy to help.

Enjoy the convenience of Distance Learning at Cincinnati State. 


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