All online courses require access to the Internet. Unless you will be travelling to a campus computer lab, you need to have access to your own computer and Internet Service Provider. High-speed internet access is recommended, as you may have some files or online programs that will not work well on a dial-up connection. You may also find it necessary (or recommended) that you have a webcam and a microphone for your computer.
To be successful in an online or hybrid online course, you need to have some comfort in using technology, and the ability to quickly learn to navigate online. Your professor may have specific technology requirements, but here are some basics:
You should be proficient in the following:
Operating System Windows 7 or 8 OSX 10.7 or Above Processor 2GHz or Faster Memory (RAM) 2gb or Higher Hard Drive Space 20gb or more of free space Internet Connection Broadband- 4mbps or Higher Other Webcam and Microphone
For new computers, Information Technology lists the recommended standards. It is also helpful to get in the habit of checking for announcements regarding Blackboard on the log-in screen or on your portal once you have logged-in. You will find important notices about using Blackboard posted there.
Blackboard Tutorial - learn to navigate Blackboard within the GVSU environment
Computers: Getting Personal with Computers - introductory information and links to support tutorials
Web Technology Information: A Primer - links that provide "a good foundation for using the web" and existing online technologies
Internet 101 - a comprehensive site, but with advertising
Guide to Web Search - improve your search strategies
Glossary - definitions for many of the technology terms you encounter