To participate in a web or blended course, you will need access to a computer and the internet, as well as some basic computer knowledge.
Please review the information below for more details about purchasing and/or using your own device to access coursework.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, computers labs on campus are currently closed. If you need technical support or do not have access to the necessary technology for your courses, please contact the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general coronavirus updates, please see Coronavirus Info & FAQs.
At Columbus State, you can use your own laptop or other device to complete your online classes.
Below you will find the minimum and recommended laptop specifications for personal device use at Columbus State Community College. These specifications should be used as guidance when making decisions. Because technology changes rapidly, these requirements are subject to change without notice.
- Any new computer purchased in the last three years should meet the minimum requirements listed below to use it for coursework.
- If you are purchasing a new laptop, we suggest you follow the recommended specifications listed below.
|Operating system||PC- Windows 10
Apple- Mac OS 10.15 or higher
|PC- Windows 8.1
Apple- Mac OS 10.12
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or higher/ 2 GHz or faster processor||Intel Core i3/2 GHz processor|
|Memory||8 GB of RAM or higher||4 GB of RAM|
|Video Ram||1 GB||512 MB|
|Internal Storage||500 GB or higher||500 GB|
|Monitor resolution||1280 x 1024 or higher||1024 x 768|
|Internet connection||Consistent minimum speed of 4 Mbps or higher||Consistent minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps|
|Other technology||Headset with microphone preferred; webcam||Speaker and microphone|
If you are in an academic program that may have specific technology requirements, please check with your instructor or academic department before purchasing a device. You may need to meet different criteria for things like video production, digital design, photography, database work, math/engineering, etc.
You can use the browser of your choice, but we do not recommend Internet Explorer. Firefox and Chrome work the best with our current version of Blackboard Learn. We recommend having two options downloaded and available at all times, just in case.
Pop-up window blockers in your browser should be disabled for Blackboard Learn, as they can conflict with online exams and assignments.
To verify that your browser has all required plug-ins, use Blackboard’s browser checker.
Depending on your results, the following technologies might help you view certain content within Blackboard Learn.
- Microsoft Office - We recommend having access to Microsoft Office to view and edit course content. Students can download the latest version of Microsoft Office for free as part of Office 365.
- Anti-Virus Program - We recommend that you have virus protection installed and keep it updated. Scan regularly to keep your computer secure.
Some academic departments will require that you purchase additional software or access it using a Virtual Desktop.
Be sure to check your course syllabus and discuss technology needs with your instructor as early in the class as possible.
Click here to see which devices and browsers are supported by Blackboard.
Click here to see a list of mobile apps that might be helpful to you as a Columbus State student.
We recommend that you have a computer and internet access at home. However if you do not have a computer, you can typically come to campus and use the computer labs. The most widely available computer lab is the Computer Commons in the TL building (TL 116). Though currently, the computer labs on campus are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
On campus, if you need access to the internet, you can connect to the CSCC wireless network using your Columbus State username and password.
Below are links to various web sites that list low-cost/reliable Internet Service Providers (ISP). Please note that these are external websites and Columbus State does not promote or advocate any particular ISP.
At a minimum, students should have basic computer literacy skills including:
- Using a keyboard and mouse
- Selecting, copying, and pasting text
- Sending and receiving email (with or without attachments)
- Browsing your device to find files to attach
- Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx., etc.)
- Using a text editor (changing font, spell check, etc.)
- Accessing the Internet using a web browser
For additional technology training and resources, check out the sites listed below:
- GCF Learn Free - Free technology training from the Goodwill Community Foundation that includes computer basics
- CSCC IT Knowledge Base - Technology information and support for CSCC students and employees
- CSCC Blackboard Student Help - Tutorial videos and FAQ’s for students and faculty for Blackboard specifically
- CSCC Blackboard Student Orientation - Interactive Blackboard tutorial for new students
Still can’t find what you need? Contact the IT Support Center for additional support.