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Hardware Requirements

For the best performance, we recommend that your computer meet the following system requirements:


Operating System: Windows 10, Macintosh OS 10.12+

Processor: Dual-core 2Ghz or higher (Intel i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)

RAM: 8 GB or more

Hard Drive Space: 10 GB or greater


In some instances you will need access to a smartphone or digital camera in order to capture images or video.


* Please note that not all tools used in your course are compatible across all browsers and devices. This is especially true if you are using a mobile device. For the best experience, we recommend a desktop or laptop computer.


Browser Support

In order to use myLesley (Blackboard) and other supported tools, you will need a current, updated browser. Run the browser checker to see whether Blackboard Learn supports your browser and operating system.

We have noticed that 
Firefox and Chrome tend to be most compatible with all of our supported tools. Therefore, we strongly recommend accessing Lesley-supported tools using the latest version of these browsers.



Internet Connection and Bandwidth

For the best experience, access myLesley through a strong, reliable wired or wi-fi network. A cellular network is not recommended.


Online Meeting Tools

Recommended bandwidth for meetings:

  • For 1:1 video calling:
    • For high-quality video: 600kbps (up/down)
    • For 720p HD video: 1.2Mbps (up/down)
    • For 1080p HD video: 3.8Mbps/3.0Mbps (up/down)
  • For group video calling:
    • For high-quality video: 1.0 Mbps/600kbps (up/down)
    • For 720p HD video: 2.6Mbps/1.8Mbps (up/down)
    • For 1080p HD video: 3.8Mbps/3.0Mbps (up/down)
    • For gallery view receiving: 2.0Mbps (25 views), 4.0Mbps (49 views)
  • For screen sharing: 50-150kbps



Players and Plugins

In addition to a compatible browser, you will also need the updated versions of the following players and plugins:

Adobe Reader 

Adobe Reader will allow you to download and read PDFs. Click here to download Adobe Reader  



Mobile

Some coursework may be completed on a mobile device. There are several mobile apps available which may have varying requirements and compatibility. See Lesley “On The Go” With Mobile Solutions for the detailed list of supported apps, including myLesley/Blackboard, VoiceThread, Microsoft Office 365 tools, and more. 


Please note that not all tools used in your course are compatible across all browsers and devices. This is especially true if you are using a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. For the best experience, we recommend a desktop or laptop computer.



Software

Lesley students, faculty, and staff may be eligible to download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office. For more information and instructions for downloading see Download Microsoft Office 365.


Certain courses or programs may require additional content-specific software. Students will be given information on how to access or purchase them prior to the start of each course.



Accessibility

For the best Blackboard Learn experience with your screen reader, use Firefox and JAWS on a Windows system. On a Mac use Safari and VoiceOver. Visit Accessibility in Blackboard Learn to learn more about Blackboard's approach to accessible software.


For more information on alternative document formats in myLesley, see: