Desktop, Laptop, or Mac
Although you can use a tablet or smartphone device to access
your course sites, it is important to consider the convenience of a PC or Mac
computer for accessing course readings, taking exams, taking part in online
discussions, writing papers, and more. Be
sure your personal computer has Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10 for the PC or OS
X for the Mac as your operating system. If your computer is not equipped with a webcam, consider
purchasing one for communicating with instructors and classmates.
High Speed Internet
A high-speed internet connection (i.e. cable, DSL) is
important, especially for watching course videos and taking part in any
Blackboard is supported on a number of different browsers (i.e. Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari). To ensure that your browser will work with
Blackboard, visit Blackboard’s Browser Support page. In addition, use
Blackboard’s Browser Checker feature to ensure that your browser has all the necessary plug-ins
to use Blackboard on your computer.
Bridgewater State University User Account
Claim your Bridgewater
State University user account to gain access to BSU email and
Blackboard. Be sure to log in to BSU
email and Blackboard regularly. Contact Information Technology at 508.531.2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about your BSU user account.
Microsoft Office Suite
Install the Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint) on your Mac or PC to
complete course assignments. As a
Bridgewater State student, you are allowed up to 5 downloads of Microsoft Office for
the Mac or PC on your personal computers from BSU's Office 365 support site. Contact Information Technology at 508.531.2555 or email@example.com for installation assistance. Video training on Microsoft Office apps is available via BSU's Atomic Learning service.
Your instructor may be sharing PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
application to your personal computer, tablet, or smartphone to read PDF files. Contact Information Technology at 508.531.2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for installation assistance.
If you are a Microsoft Windows operating system user, you can download free Microsoft security tools to protect your personal computer. If you are a Mac Operating system user, protect yourself with the Avast
Free Mac Security application. Contact Information Technology at 508.531.2555 or email@example.com for installation assistance.
Although not a requirement, many students prefer to print
out course readings, e-books, and assignments and read from the printed text. If you fall into that category, consider purchasing
a low-cost inkjet or laser printer.
To communicate and collaborate with your classmates on class
assignments outside of the Blackboard system, consider using Skype, Google Docs, and Facebook Groups. Video training on these apps is available via BSU's Hoonuit service.
Blackboard Mobile Learn App
Access your Blackboard course sites on the go right from
your smartphone or tablet with the Blackboard
Mobile Learn App.
Use note-taking apps like Microsoft
OneNote (part of the Microsoft Office suite) to keep yourself
organized and on task. Video training on this app is available via BSU's Hoonuit service.