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, 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 7 and above.
  • Adobe Reader (for .pdf files) must be installed manually. Version 5 and above.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (for .pps and .ppt files) must be installed manually unless the entire Office Suite is already installed. Version 2000 and above.
Operating Systems

Our online courses are accessible on the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Browsers

Our online courses are accessible via the following browsers:

Windows Systems
Internet Explorer 8 and 9
Firefox 3.6 and newer stable versions
Chrome (stable versions)
Macintosh Systems
Safari 4 and 5
Firefox 3.6 and newer stable versions
Chrome (stable versions)

Enable the following features in your browser:

  • Java 6 (also called 1.6)
  • JavaScript
  • 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 entirely or 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).