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Technical Requirements

In order to participate in a distance learning course from CCM, students MUST be familiar with their own computer, the internet, and basic software. The college does not provide software to students for their individual use. It is not a good idea to install new system updates during the semester. If you are having trouble with your computer, you should first contact your professor and let him/her know about the problem and seek an alternate way to submit work. Computers  equipped with the necessary software for online courses are available in the Library. Information on distance learning technical requirements are available in the Student's Guide to Distance Learning. If you still require further assistance after viewing the guides, please call 973-328-5184. For further information and Blackboard questions, check the Blackboard website
 

HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

  • PC computer running at 200 MHz or better with Windows XP or higher
  • OR an Apple Macintosh 9.0 or higher
  • Broadband or modem connection for the internet (many courses require broadband)
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Updated anti-virus software
 
INTERNET RQUIREMENTS
  • Web browser: Internet Explorer up to 8 (IE 9 is not yet supported) or Firefox 4.0. JavaScript must be enabled.
  • Pop-up Blockers must be disengaged. Blackboard contains many features that are pop-ups and must be allowed for full functionality of the course.

PLUG-INS

Some plug-ins are required to make your course fully accessible, especially if it is rich in multimedia content. A FREE version of the following software is available by clicking on the link. Many of these plug-ins come loaded on new computers. If you are having difficulties viewing something in your course, try downloading the latest version of these programs.
  • MOZILLA/FIREFOX is an alternate browser to Internet Explorer. If you are having technical problems in your blackboard course, try downloading this free browser.
  • MACUSERS & FIREFOX PDF FILES: Please note that if
    prompted to download a "missing plug in" to view a PDF it will not work
    in most cases.  Blackboard recomends the Schubert IT PDF plugin which
    can be downloaded at http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/ This is free for educational use so do not pay for it. 
  • JAVA allows you to run small "programs" that are found within web pages. After logging into the Blackboard Learning System, you may be prompted to accept a JAVA security certificate. When using the chat tool, you must "add the java plug in" if prompted from the Blackboard home page.
  • FLASH PLAYER is used to view multimedia presentations. Flash player comes standard with computers and is also included in most web browsers.
  • REAL PLAYER allows you to listen to or view streaming media. A number of online courses use Real Player and require the player.
  • QUICK TIME is a program for handling multimedia files. It allows you to download and use audio and visual clips.
  • SHOCKWAVE is used to view Macromedia Director multimedia presentations.
  • ACROBAT READER is necessary for viewing pdf files.
  • POWERPOINT VIEWER is available to download for students who do not own PowerPoint software and need to view PowerPoint presentations.
  • WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER is used for viewing multimedia files. With the player, you can download and use audio and video files.
 
SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
Software requirements vary by course. All students must have word processing software, preferably Microsoft Word (Office 2010 is now being used in some courses). Other word processing software packages (Microsoft Works) may not be compatible for use in your course.
 
EMAIL
Students should also have an email account. In addition to the Blackboard email that is used to communicate within a course, a CCM student email is also set up for each individual student of the college. 
 
BLACKBOARD ACCESSIBILITY
For information regarding Blackboard and accessibility to meet student needs, click here.
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