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:
  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, -> Run Browser Check,

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:
Display 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor recommended

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 are available.

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)