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To learn online at Spelman you will need:
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 or higher
Mac OS 10.10 or higher
Mac OS 10.12
|Processor||Intel Core i3 or equivalent||Intel Core i7 or equivalent|
|Memory||2 GB of RAM||4 GB of RAM or higher|
|Internet Connection||Broadband (high-speed) internet with a consistent minimum speed of 3 Mbps||Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 5 Mbps or higher|
|Internet Browser||Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge or IE11||Firefox|
|Java||Java JRE 8 is recommended for security reasons, though JRE 7 and 6 may work.
Integrated webcam, speakers and microphones in laptops are acceptable. As are headsets that combine mic/speakers.
The Central Processing Unit (CPU) functions like the brain of your computer. The speed of your processor–measured in hertz (Hz)– is determined by how many commands it can perform in a given second. The higher the speed, the faster your computer is able to execute commands.
Random Access Memory (RAM) is the short term memory where your computer stores temporary commands and information while working. By storing this information in RAM, your computer can access it quickly and operate more efficiently.
Once your RAM is full, your computer begins storing temporary information on your hard drive. Because retrieving temporary data from the hard drive is less efficient, this slows your computer down. So, the more RAM you have, the faster your computer will operate.
To function properly, Blackboard requires a high-speed Internet connection. A consistent minimum speed of 3 Mbps or higher is required.
Java is a programming language used in many web applications. Blackboard requires Java to power some of its functionality, JRE 8 is recommended.