To be able to access course information, you need proper equipment, computer systems, and technical specifications.

Computer with Internet Capability: Students are expected to supply their own personal computer with high speed Internet capability to access the course work. In some instances, a school may provide access to a computer to use at the school, either during or after regular school hours. Students should speak to their School Site Facilitator for more information regarding availability and accessibility.

Headsets: Students will need to have access to a computer that allows the use of headsets (microphone and headphones) or a computer with these built-in capacities (as most laptops have). There are many inexpensive devices available wherever computers are sold and stores such as Radio Shack, WalMart, or Costco. The $5 to $20 devices are certainly adequate.

WebEx Meeting Center Application: E-School courses utilize a synchronous tool called WebEx to hold live virtual class meetings. Students will need a headset and a microphone to be able to participate in these live meetings. Participants who have never attended a live virtual class session using WebEx before will need to download, install, and configure the WebEx Meeting Center application on their computer. The first time a participant joins a meeting, the Meeting Center application will automatically be installed. However, the following links can be used to manually download and install it.

  1. Go to: https://hvln.webex.com
  2. On the left-hand side, click on Support -> Downloads.
  3. Scroll to Meeting Center Application, select your platform (Windows or Mac)
  4. Click Download to download the installer for your operating system.

Software Requirements: To ensure that your computer is properly configured to run Blackboard, please be sure to run the Browser Check on the HVLN Blackboard site, https://hidoe.blackboard.com -> Run Browser Check, https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Student/015_Browser_Support/Browser_Checker

General System Requirements: Minimum system requirements are listed below.

  Minimum Recommended
Operating System

Windows Vista, 7, or 8
Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9

Windows 7 or 8
Mac OSX 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
Processor 1 GHz processor 2 GHz or faster processor
Memory 512 MB of RAM 2 GB of RAM or higher
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 or higher
Free Hard Disk Space 5 GB of free disk space 20 GB or higher of free space
Internet Connection Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher
Internet Browser Latest version of Chrome or Firefox.  To ensure proper configuration, run the Blackboard Browser Check:  https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Student/015_Browser_Support/Browser_Checker
Display 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor recommended
Audio

Sound capability and Headset (with microphone)

Pop-up Blocker(s)

Must be turned off for Blackboard site

Word Processing Software Recommended Microsoft Office or at least a word processing program that will allow the ability to create Rich Text Files (.rtf).
Free word processing applications such as Open Office http://www.openoffice.org/ are available.
Applications

QuickTime 7.0 or above installed (free download from Apple website)
Adobe Flash (free download from Adobe website)
Acrobat Reader installed (free download from Adobe website)