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Hardware Requirements

Hardware Requirements  

The following are the minimum system hardware requirements currently needed to support Blackboard.  You may be able to use some older systems.  However, if you have less than these minimum requirements, we may not be able to provide you with adequate support to solve all problems that may arise. 

Personal Computer

  • Windows 7 or greater PC or Mac OS-X 10.6 or greater
  • Functioning web cam (with built-in microphone)
  • Broadband Internet (1.5M or higher)
  • Speakers or headset
  • Microphone and Video Camera required  

Internet Connection Speeds

Internet connection speeds will affect the amount of information and the rate that information may be accessed over the Internet. If you connect to the Internet from home over a dial-up connection, the download rate for accessing documents in your online course will be significantly slower than would over a broadband connection.

For streaming video, we recommend at least 3Mb/s of broadband internet, but audio/video performance improves at higher speeds.

If your online course includes accessing video or audio files, or downloading PowerPoint files, there may be a several seconds to several minutes wait before you can view the material on slower internet connections.

Please note: Davenport will provide reasonable accommodations upon request to ensure equal access to University educational services and resources.   Please see our ADA Accommodations page for more information.