UCSD Extension: Online Courses
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Online Courses

System Requirements

Thank you for your interest in UC San Diego Extension Online Courses. This section contains technical information to help you review your system for compatibility with the UCSD Extension's online classroom environment.

For the optimal online learning experience, your system must meet the following requirements:

Hardware

The following hardware is required to access course materials:

  • Monitor—800x600 (1280x760 recommended), 65000+ colors (16 bit color or greater)
  • Audio—speakers or headphones
Software & Media Players

Install or verify the version of your media players and plug-ins.

  • Macromedia Flash Player (for .flv and .swf files) must be installed manually. Version 20 and above recommended.
  • Adobe Reader (for .pdf files) must be installed manually. Version 10 and above recommended.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (for .pps and .ppt files) must be installed manually unless the entire Office Suite is already installed. Version 2010 and above recommended.
Operating Systems

Our online courses are accessible on the following recommended operating systems:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
  • MacOS 10.8, MacOS 10.9, MacOS 10.10
  • Chrome

Support is not limited to these specific operating systems. The desktop browser versions below are supported regardless of the particular device or operating system on which they run.

Browsers

Our online courses are accessible via the following browsers:

Windows Systems
  • Internet Explorer 9+ (Windows only)
  • Edge 1+
  • Firefox 31+
  • Chrome 36+
Macintosh Systems
  • Safari 6+ (MacOS only)
  • Firefox 31+
  • Chrome 36+

Enable the following features in your browser:

  • Java versions 7 and 8
  • Cookies for ucsdextension.blackboard.com

Disable the following features in your browser:

Pop-Up Blocking—If your browser or firewall employs pop-up blocking technology, please disable pop-up blocking for http://ucsdextension.blackboard.com.

If you would like further instructions on how to perform these actions on your browser, go to the Browser Tuneup page.

Connections

UCSD Extension online courses provide a rich multimedia experience and employ large documents, including audio and graphics files. It is unlikely that a dial up connection will be fast enough to provide a satisfactory experience. We recommend users connect to our online course materials via a high-speed broadband connection (including Local Area Networks (LANs).

Online Areas of Study

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You will have access to your course on the published start date. If you need help, please call (858) 534-9999 or email.