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Prepare Your Computer for Online Courses


CMU recommends completing online course requirements with a PC or a laptop.

Mobile devices:

While a cell phone or tablet (e.g., iPad, Kindle, Chromebook) might be compatible with the Blackboard app, some technical features are not suited for use with a mobile device; therefore, do not plan to complete online coursework with a mobile device.

Internet access:

Students are responsible for having reliable access to the internet for online courses. Make sure to have a “Plan B” in case technology fails. 

Technology steps:

Check the technical requirements and review the 10 Tech Steps before the first day of your online course.

Blackboard System Requirements 10 Tech Steps

 Microsoft Office

Get access to the entire Microsoft suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, for free using Office 365.

Download, install and activate Microsoft Office on a personal computer.

Help Desk

Something has gone haywire? The CMU Help Desk is there to help you fix it! Contact the Help Desk.