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Browsers

When working in WTClass (Blackboard), it is highly recommended to have multiple browsers downloaded and available for use. While Blackboard products generally function well in many browsers, the following are formally supported and tested:

With PCs running Windows OS: With Macs running OS X:

*Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are NOT currently supported for use with WTClass (Blackboard)
**iPad's, tablets, and phone are NOT supported for use with WTClass (Blackboard)

While these may generally function with Blackboard, not all areas may work. It is recommended that you use a computer with a supported browser for completing your coursework in Blackboard.

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Mozilla Firefox
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Google Chrome
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Apple Safari

Hardware

  • Required Hardware:
    • A computer (desktop/laptop) or mobile device (smartphone/tablet) that is less than 5 years old will work.
      • NOTE: Chromebooks are not recommended and may not be compatible with all third-party tools used in course shells.
    • Speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or videos presented in courses.
  • Optional Hardware:
    • Webcam for interacting in course activities that require video feedback from students, live remote learning (such as Zoom or WebEx sessions), video test proctoring (such as Examity or Respondus Monitor), or other third-party tools.

Additional Software

Internet Connection

A stable high-speed Internet connection is required.

Necessary Technical Knowledge and Skills

When participating in courses in WTClass, it is vital to consider the technical skills needed in order to have a successful course. Students using the WTClass system must have knowledge of basic computer and Internet skills listed below.

Required Basic Skills

  • Getting online.
  • Using an Internet browser.
  • Downloading, saving, opening, and printing material found online.
  • Conducting Internet searches.
  • Composing e-mail/course messages and attaching documents. (Email/Messages)
  • Posting to a discussion forum. (Discussions)
  • Submitting to a drop box or assignment. (Submit Assignments)
  • Writing and editing with a word processor, such as Notepad, MS Word, etc.
  • Take online examinations. (Take a Test)
  • Learning new computer skills.

Content Display Issues

If you are having trouble viewing all, content such as videos, ensure you are set to display all content.


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