Basic Computer Requirements - Blackboard 7.3 Learning System

BPCC Blackboard user support has made this information available so that you may be more successful with your Internet courses. The Blackboard Learning System is a fully interactive web course delivery system that pulls together many different technologies to best serve the end user in their learning experience.

The following is a checklist to help you determine if your computer has the basic requirements necessary to take online classes.

BPCC’s Blackboard Version 7.3 Recommended Basic Computer Requirements Checklist:

  • Is your computer up-to-date with an operating system no more than three years old (i.e., Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows VISTA)?
  • Is your computer equipped with current word processing and multimedia presentation software (i.e., Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 or 2007)?
  • Is your computer reliable, meaning that it does not "lock up" or "freeze" frequently?
  • Is your computer running a current virus protection program?
  • Do you have technical support if you have a computer problem?

Reliable hardware and software is imperative for one to participate in an online course. If you answered "no" to any of the preceding questions, you may want to consider registering for a traditional face-to-face course. Unreliable hardware and software can be detrimental to your success in an online course.

Additionally, relying on access to a computer through public libraries or campus computer labs is a risk. There is no guarantee that a computer will be available to you when you need it. If you do not own a personal, reliable computer, you may want to consider registering for a traditional face-to-face course.