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Required Equipment

Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.

Minimum System Requirements for Online Courses

The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit blackboardcollaborate.com and click on “Support”. Then, click on “For First Time Users: Getting Started”.

Connecting to Blackboard Collaborate

We recommend downloading and installing Blackboard Collaborate Launcher (for Mac or Windows) about 30 minutes early to ensure that everything works properly. 

Students in online format courses must have the following:

  • Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
  • High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
  • Blackboard Collaborate Launcher installed on your computer*

*When connecting to the online information session, you will be instructed to download the native launch file by clicking “download.” Once the file has downloaded, you will click “run” to install. After installation is complete, you will be able to join the session from the guest link.

To use a mobile device or tablet, download the app for your system below. Join the webinar directly from your session link — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.

In addition to the above requirements, your computer must have the following:  

  • 256 MB of free RAM 
  • 20 MB free disk space 
  • 28.8 KBps Internet connection (a high-speed Internet connection is best; if using a wireless connection, make sure the computer is next to the modem) 
  • Headset or earbuds with microphone