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Office of Distributed Learning
Room T148
One College Rd
Batavia, NY 14020
P: 585-345-6969
F: 585-343-0433
 

Technical Requirements

Online Course Technical Requirements

Use the following as a guideline for your Online Course minimum technical requirements. Be aware that individual courses can have specific software and/or different hardware requirements to be able to complete that course.

Hardware and operating system requirements:
  • PC: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Mac: OS X with most recent version
  • 512MB RAM (memory) minimum
  • 500MB of Free Disk Space
  • Display set to 1024 x 768 or higher resolution preferred
  • High Speed Internet connection
  • Note: Chromebooks and tablets are not recommended.
Software (Browsers):

More than one browser is highly recommended. If one isn’t working, switch to another one.

Supported browsers:
  • For PC: Chrome, Firefox 31 or higher, IE 9 or higher.
  • For Mac: Chrome, Firefox, Safari 6 or higher.
  • See also Blackboard Learn Browser Support page caveats for Chrome and other browsers.
  • Check each browser you are using with Blackboard Learn help Browser Checker
Required Browser Settings and Plug-ins:
  • Allow pop-up windows from all genesee.edu sites
  • Allow cookies from all genesee.edu sites
  • Javascript enabled
  • See also Blackboard Learn Browser Support page Java and Other Browser Plugin information.
Software (Other):
  • Word processor compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Silverlight
  • Note: Refer to the specific course technical requirements as the following or other software may be required to be installed for course completion.
    • Java Runtime Environment
    • Windows Media Player
    • Quicktime Player
    • Flash Player 
  • Note: Suggested secure site for downloading software is ninite.com
Minimum computer skills you must be comfortable with:
  • Word processing skills: create, open, save, print, and edit documents.
  • Copy from a flash drive or the Internet to a specific directory on a hard drive.
  • Ability to download and install from the Internet.
  • Ability to upload documents.
  • Knowledge in navigating the Internet.
  • Proficient in use of search engines for research.
  • Ability to send and receive e-mails with attachments.
  • Note: If you need to upgrade your computer skills please consider taking one of the excellent introductory computer courses offered at GCC, such as CIS102 Introduction to Computers.
Assistive Technologies:
  • If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your coursework or participation in an online course, please contact the Center for Academic Progress, D 208, 343-0055,extension 6351. The Assessment team will determine with you what accommodations are necessary, appropriate and reasonable.  All information and documentation is confidential.