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Technical Requirements

UCD Online courses are delivered through an e-learning environment. Most currently use Blackboard. Participants will require access to a PC or laptop and the Internet to be able to study with UCD Online. Blackboard Mobile Learn provides mobile access to the e-learning environment.

Expected technical competencies:

UCD Online students are expected to be comfortable with computer basics such as navigating between folders on their computer, connecting to the internet, browsing and interacting with web pages, downloading and uploading files through the web, emails. UCD Online courses are delivered through web-based e-learning environments. Without these basic capabilities a student will struggle to cope with their workload due to the extra time required to become accustomed to the technologies being used.

Technical requirements:

The following table lists which Web browsers are supported for use with Blackboard.*

*Browsers not listed here may work for most functions, but are not officially supported and cannot be guaranteed to work with all Blackboard areas.


Browser For a computer using
Vista / Windows 7
For a computer using
Apple Mac OX 10.6
Internet
Explorer
Version 8 or 9 N/A
 Firefox 4.0 and all newer stable
versions
4.0 and all newer stable
versions
 Safari  N/A Version 5.0 or greater
 Chrome Version 9 and all newer
stable versions
Version 9 and all newer
stable versions

NOTE: Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3.5 are no longer supported.