What internet speeds and computers will I need?

Whether the student takes an at your own pace or a live class, there is no getting around the fact that these are very much computer and internet-based courses. Though, it doesn't take the newest and the fastest computers to participate in a class nor blazingly high speeds.

At Your Own Pace Classes:
At your own pace classes are accessible both by desktop/laptops and by most mobile devices. Our interactive lessons that we are putting in place staring this year are designed to detect if the device has Flash. If it does it will serve up a Flash interactive lesson and if it does not, it will serve up a mobile-friendly HTML5 version.

Live Online Classes:
Desktop and laptops - If you can stream YouTube videos without much trouble, then you can easily use your connection for the online classroom. The live online classroom we use is provided by Blackboard Collaborate. They have a "First Time Users" page to help you with software questions. The software runs on top of Java, so it is helpful to make sure your Java plugin in your browser is up to date especially if you experience any difficulties with launching the classroom.

Mobile devices - We do have a mobile device capable classroom. You can learn more at http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Mobile-Collaboration.aspx. There are some tools that are not yet available in the mobile device version such as whiteboard annotating, breakout rooms, directed chat, and webcam. They should become available in future updates. Our instructors will adjust their lessons as needed and students will be informed if particular lessons will not work well on mobile devices yet such as the game days in the science courses which rely on directed chat for the student teams to decide their answers on module questions in the game.

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