Technical Requirements for Online Graduate Programs

Online Graduate Programs at UNE

If you should have any questions on our online graduate programs or even just technical requirements listed on this page, please get in touch. We will be happy to walk you through any details.  

WindowsMacLinux | General Computer Requirements | Troubleshooting | Proficiency

Windows Computer Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • Windows XP or higher required
  • 2 GB of RAM required (higher is recommended)
  • 4 GB free hard drive space
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection strongly recommended
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher (to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) or LibreOffice (free, and available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux)
  • Windows: Firefox (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version). Internet Explorer has known functionality issues with Blackboard. Other browsers may allow classroom access, but not all functions are guaranteed to operate correctly
  • Malware Protection Software is required

Mac Computer Requirements

  • Mac OS X-compatible processor or higher
  • Mac OS X Version 10.5 or later (10.9 “Mavericks” is a free update and is recommended)
  • 2 GB of RAM required (higher is recommended)
  • 4 GB free hard drive space
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection strongly recommended
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 or higher (to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Apple iWork, or LibreOffice (free, and available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux)
  • Safari 7, Google Chrome, or Firefox (latest version) are recommended for most courses. Other browsers may allow classroom access, but not all functions are guaranteed to operate correctly
  • Malware Protection Software is strongly suggested

Linux Computer Requirements

  • 2.0 GHz processor or higher
  • Any Linux distribution that will allow the Firefox browser and LibreOffice productivity suite
  • 2 GB of RAM required (higher is recommended)
  • 4 GB free hard drive space
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection strongly recommended
  • LibreOffice (current version)
  • Firefox (latest version) is recommended. Google’s Chromium browser on Linux has known functionality issues with Blackboard. Other browsers may allow classroom access, but not all functions are guaranteed to operate correctly
  • Malware Protection Software is suggested

General Computer Requirements

  • Access to reliable Internet speeds of 1.5 Mbps download and upload
  • Browser Plug-ins
    • Windows Media Player (or Flip4Mac if you use a Mac)
    • QuickTime
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Shockwave
    • Adobe Reader (or Preview also works on Mac)
    • Java
  • Audio Speakers or Headset
    • Headsets might provide better sound quality if you notice difficulty listening to your course media with speakers.
  • Webcam or built-in camera with microphone
  • Headset with microphone
  • Microsoft Word, Pages, LibreOffice, or Google Docs
    • When submitting written assignments as files, those files should be saved and submitted in .docx format.
  • Email
    • To contact your faculty.
  • Skype
  • VSee
  • Access to scanner

Troubleshooting and best practices

For more information on the nuances of operating your computer within your Blackboard course, please see the Student Success Portal at http://success.une.edu/technical-requirements.

Computer Proficiency Requirements 

During your courses, your instructor and your fellow students will be there to support you. However, you will need basic computer literacy to participate comfortably in an online course environment. Please see the Computer Proficiency Requirements page for complete details. 

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