Technology and Computing Requirements

 

To engage in the TCC learning environment by using Blackboard Learning Management System, students need to meet the TCC technology and computing requirements. In this section, students will find what technological resources and computer literacy skills are necessary.

 

Technology and Computing Requirements

Hardware Requirements

The computer should have the following hardware:

  • Computer Memory or RAM of at least 4 gigabytes

  • Computer speakers

  • Web cam and microphone

Check if your computer meets many of these requirements here, and run the downloaded application file.

 

system requirements

 

Software Requirements

The computer must have one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 service pack 1 or higher, Windows 8, Windows 10

  • Macintosh OS X 10.7 or higher 

 

Browsers

The computer should have multiple Internet browsers installed, because web pages display differently in different browsers.

Major Browsers:

  • Google Chrome (PC or Mac)

  • Mozilla Firefox (PC or Mac)

  • Internet Explorer (PC)

  • Safari (Mac OIS)

Note: Microsoft Edge and other browsers not listed are not compatible with the current Blackboard release.

browsers

 

Productivity Software

The computer should have the latest versions of the following productivity software installed:

  adobe pdf

Adobe Acrobat

  adobe flash

Adobe Flash

  java

Java

 

Microsoft Office Professional Plus - Eligible TCC students are able to download Microsoft Office ProPlus applications on up to 5 devices (PC, Mac, and/or mobile device). These applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote*, Access*, and Publisher*. *Windows PC client programs and/or features only. Cannot be used across devices 

Find out more: TCC students can get Microsoft Office 365 for free

Download: http://office.vccs.edu 

(The login will be your full myTCC email address (e.g. student123@email.vccs.edu) and your password is your myTCC password)

For Office 365 ProPlus questions, contact the TCC IT HelpDesk at Helpdesk@tcc.edu

 

Internet Access

Internet access is required to participate in online components of your college courses. An Internet Service Provider (ISP) will provide you with the software and access necessary to utilize the Internet. A Broadband service is highly recommended. (DSL, Cable Modem, FIOS, etc.) Although not recommended, Satellite and/or Cellular (3G/4G) may also be used.

If you connect to the Internet through your company, you may need to ensure that appropriate plug-ins and access rights are available to you. Check with your IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company's network.

 

Virus Protection

The ease and convenience of accessing educational materials through the Internet brings with it the need to ensure that a computer does not become targets of unwanted and often malicious attacks and intrusions by computer viruses and/or hackers. To help prevent this, use an anti-virus package and a firewall.

TCC Students can install free antivirus software for Windows and Macintosh products. Symantec Anti-Virus Protection is available for download from the Blackboard landing page.

Free Anti-Virus Software

 

Email

All students admitted to TCC are automatically assigned a student email account provided through the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). College issued e-mail accounts will be used as the official means of communication with students. Students should check their VCCS e-mail accounts on a daily basis. New student email accounts are activated within 15 minutes of the application being processed.

Using your VCCS/ TCC Gmail account is accessible through MyTCC and the accounts usage is required to protect your privacy.

Students needing assistance accessing their email account should contact the TCC Information Center by email or calling 757-822-1122.

GMAIL

 

Computers for Student Success

computerTCC students that do not have a computer, may apply for a refurbished one through the TCC Student Club: Computers for Student Success.

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Computer Literacy

Computer Literacy Basics Training for PC Users

Login to Blackboard. On the TCC Blackboard Landing Page, click the "Launch Atomic Learning/Hoonuit" link at the top of the page. Once the Hoonuit web page has opened return here to proceed.

 

computer literary basics pc"Computer Literacy Basics Training" is a Hoonuit video series that will teach you the basics about using your personal computer.  This training is developed for PC users. The topics range from double clicking with your mouse to setting up an email account and even how to transfer photos from your camera to your hard drive. 

Watch Computer Literacy Basics Training for the PC user.

Completion of all modules will take approximately 40 minutes.

 

Computer Literacy Basics Training for Mac Users

Login to Blackboard. On the TCC Blackboard Landing Page, click the "Launch Atomic Learning/Hoonuit" link at the top of the page. Once the Hoonuit web page has opened return here to proceed.

 

computer literary basics mac"Computer Literacy Basics Training" is a Hoonuit video series that will teach you the basics about using your personal computer.  This training is developed for PC users. The topics range from double clicking with your mouse to setting up an email account and even how to transfer photos from your camera to your hard drive. 

Watch Computer Literacy Basics Training for the Macintosh user.

Completion of all modules will take approximately 40 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Blackboard Login

Login to Blackboard*using your myTCC username and password

 

Blackboard Browser Check

Blackboard Browser Check

 

 
     
 
 

Get Help

If you need Blackboard assistance, please contact Learning Technologies by phone, via email, or using the web-based help form. A staff member will respond to your help request.


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