Technology Requirements & Mobile Devices
NCCC Technology Requirements for Online, Hybrid, and Blended Courses:
You are required to have access to a broadband connection and a desktop or laptop computer/MAC, using a tablet or other mobile device may not have all of the functionality required for the course. In addition, check with your professor to make sure your available equipment is acceptable for each course you are taking. Some technology-related courses require the ability to download software, for example, Chromebooks do not allow software to be downloaded. Make sure you are using a supported browser by visiting the Open SUNY help desk to check your browser compatibility or contact Online Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology for Blended Courses – In addition to any technical requirements listed above, blended courses use Real-Time Technology, which means you will be required to log into a web conferencing tool like Zoom to participate in the live “synchronous” lecture classes. To participate in the live lectures, you will need access to a webcam or built-in laptop camera and microphone. In most cases, you can download the Zoom app and participate using your tablet or smartphone. Your instructor will provide you details on which web conferencing tool will be used for your blended “real-time technology” course.
Accessing Blackboard from a Smartphone or Tablet
Try the new and improved Blackboard App (Bb Student)! Blackboard has updated the look, workflows, and navigation in the Blackboard app for iOS and Android. Be sure to update your app to the newest release if you have already downloaded the Bb Student App.
Please keep in mind, the mobile version of Blackboard may still have some limitations. You can complete quite a bit of your online course work through the app, but in many cases, you may not be able to complete all of your required course work through the app.
The Office of Online Learning highly recommends you still access Blackboard from your computer/laptop regularly as you will NOT be able to complete your entire online course from a smartphone. Be sure to log in at least three times a week from a computer or laptop.
Learn more information about the Blackboard App here.