Updated: November 17, 2005
| Technical Requirements for CCBC Online Courses
Students taking an online course at CCBC are required to provide their own Internet access. If your Internet access is via a modem, 28.8 Kb is the minimum access that is feasible. Faster connections are preferable. E-mail access is also required.
Note: A large number of our online courses utilize WebCT software. If you are taking a WebCT delivered course and are accessing it from your office, you may run into problems with your company's network and firewalls. If you have difficulty logging into your course, contact your IT office at work and discuss the issue with them. The college has no control over the way your company network is configured; it's important to deal directly with the IT staff at your office to resolve problems.
Minimal Computer Hardware requirements:
IBM/Intel machines: Pentium-II with at least 128 Megabytes of memory, a minimum 2 Gigabyte hard drive and monitor. A sound card and speakers may also be required. Please refer to specific course prerequisites.
Apple Macintosh: Power-PC based machine with at least 32 Megabytes of memory and a minimum 2 Gigabyte hard drive.
Important Note: These are the minimal requirements for taking an online course. Please refer to specific course information for any additional course specific hardware requirements.
Minimal Software Requirements
The following software requirements apply to courses that use WebCT. WebCT courses are recognized by the WebCT icon associated with them.
If you have any anti-pop-up or adware running you will need to turn it off or uninstall for WebCT to run properly.
- Microsoft Windows 98, 2nd edition/2000/XP operating systems
- Macintosh® OS 9 operating system
- Macintosh OS X v.10.1.x and v.10.2.x operating systems
Supported Browsers: for Windows
- Netscape 6.2.x, 7.0,7.1
- Internet Explorer 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0
- AOL 7.0, 8.0, 9.0
- Mozilla 1.5, 1.6
Supported Browsers: for Mac
- Netscape 6.2.x(OS 9.x and OSX, 7.0,7.1(OSX)
- Internet Explorer 5.1 (OS 9.x and OS 10.1)
- Internet Explorer 5.2 (OS X10.1, 10.2, 10.3)
- AOL OS X
- Mozilla 1.5, 1.6
- Safari 1.2
To check to see whether you have a WebCT compliant browser:
Open your browser.
From the browser menu bar, open the "Help" menu.
Select the "About" option. If there are several, choose the one about your browser. A screen will appear that shows your browser name and version.
If you do not have a WebCT compliant browser, download a supported version of either Internet Explorer or Netscape from Netscape's or Microsoft's web site.
- If you do not have the plug ins required BY YOUR SPECIFIC COURSE, you should download only those plug ins required by your instructor.
Note to AOL Users: If you are using America Online for your Internet access, you might have problems with built-in browser for WebCT. AOL's browser is customized for the AOL network and may conflict with some portions of WebCT. If you experience problems with your AOL browser, we recommend that you download and install a stand-alone browser. Please refer to the information above concerning the Netscape and Internet Explorer stand-alone browsers. For more information on the AOL situation, go to WebCT's Browser Tune Up page.
To use the stand-alone browser instead of AOL's built-in browser:
Download and install the browser.
Connect as usual with AOL.
Open the browser you installed without disconnecting from AOL.
Access the URL of your online course.
The following browser configurations apply to courses that use WebCT. WebCT courses are recognized by the WebCT icon associated with them.
Web browsers must be configured so that:
- Cache is set to reload the page every time.
Configuring Netscape Navigator:
- Select Edit.
- From the drop-down menu, select Preferences.
- Under the Category heading, highlight Advanced.
- Highlight Cache.
- Under Document in cache is compared to document on network, select Every Time.