Preparation is key to success

General requirements

To learn online at CCBC you will need:
  • A reasonable level of computer literacy
  • Regular access to a reliable computer (see below)
  • A stable broadband Internet connection (see below)
  • A CCBC email account (free when you enroll)
  • A webcam and microphone (contact your instructor for their specific requirements)
In addition, your computer will may to have essential software applications for reading PDF files, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets etc. Cloud versions like Google Docs are acceptable.

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Specific technical requirements

CCBC Online students use the Brightspace learning management system to access lessons, submit assignments, participate in class discussions and more. You may also need to take tests or other assessments using virtual remote proctoring. Like any software, these systems have specific compatibility requirements that must be met for them to function properly.

Browser requirements

Brightspace is a browser based platform and supports the most recent version of browsers, listed below. Note that the Brightspace environment has a browser check which will let you know if your browser version is old. 

  • Chrome 85 (released Aug 2020)
  • Safari 13 (released in September 2019)
  • Mobile Safari 12 (released in October 2018)
  • Firefox 80 (released August 2020)
  • Chromium-based Microsoft Edge 85 (released August 2020)

Operating systems

Brightspace Learning Environment is supported for computer based Windows and Macintosh operating systems that support the latest browsers. It does not support Linux. Likewise, Google’s Chrome OS (the operating system for Chromebooks), may not have all of the functionality due to it's limitations.

Tablets and mobile devices

Brightspace Learning Environment is supported on the following tablets and mobile devices with the latest browsers.

  • Apple iOS for iPhone and iPad - Apple Safari only.
  • Android OS for Android Phones and tablets - Google Chrome only.

Apps for mobile devices

D2L offers Brightspace apps for mobile devices on Android and iOS, Brightspace Pulse.  Search Google Play and Apple App Store.

Internet connection

To function properly, Brightspace requires a high-speed Internet connection. A consistent minimum speed of 3 Mbps or higher is required.
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Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in Brightspace. When you use Respondus LockDown Browser to access an exam, you will be unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, you are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading.

Respondus LockDown Browser provides a custom interface by installing a separate program that displays a custom browser when it is started. Respondus LockDown Browser is not meant for general use with Brightspace and is only intended for use by students while taking assessments that have been specifically configured to work with it.

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CCBC Online Learning Readiness 08.26.2020
Video by IDOL CCBC
What is needed to be a successful online student.