In order to take online courses, you’ll need to be prepared to meet the following criteria.
Experience and fluency with word-processing software such as Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect.
Note: We strongly advise all online learning students to rely on their Bluefield State email address for course communications. If you’re using Blackboard, you will have a private message box available to you, but we still recommend using your own personal email address in case of network problems. Emailing and messaging are the primary means of communication in these courses, and you will be severely set back if you don’t have this available to you.
Bluefield State suggests that all students own (or have access to) a personal computer, and students themselves have indicated that individual ownership of a computer or laptop is preferable. It is also in your best interest to have a working knowledge of how your computer operates, as well as up-to-date programs, before classes start. To help with this, Bluefield State houses many general- and specific-use computer labs available to all students, staff and faculty, and these individuals may also be able to purchase discounted software.
Below are the suggested hardware and software requirements for taking online courses.