Online courses are offered through QVCC and the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium which afford students the opportunity to take courses that fit their schedules.
All online courses at QVCC utilize Blackboard for course communications, assignments, tests, and projects. Your on-campus instructor may use Blackboard to post the course syllabus, study sheets, lecture notes, or use the calendar as a reminder for assignments. Your instructor will inform you at the beginning of the semester how he or she plans to use the Blackboard software.
Student training for Blackboard will be scheduled for both campuses. Click here for dates and times.
Computer Hardware Recommendations
The following hardware are minimum specifications to use Blackboard
• PC or Macintosh with:
• Windows XP or Vista; or MacOS X or later
• 1 G of free disk space recommended
• Internet connection
• 56 K modem or higher
What Browsers are Recommended
Make sure you are using an Internet browser that works correctly with myCommNet and Blackboard:
• Internet Explorer 7 *
• Internet Explorer 8
• Firefox 8
* There is a known bug with drop-down lists in IE7.
Please note that Internet Explorer 9 is NOT recommended.
Please note that Google Chrome is NOT recommended.
Other browsers may or may not work.
Be sure to run off your pop-up blocker too.
Other Browser Considerations
Blackboard is not compatible with the AOL browser. If you use the AOL service to connect to the Internet, download and install a certified or compatible browser listed above. Once connected to the Internet, minimize your AOL browser, and then open the other browser to access Blackboard.
Turn off pop-up blockers when using Blackboard, or provide an exception for your institution's Blackboard Web site (URL). Often, you will have two pop-up blockers: one within your browser and one within a search toolbar like Google or Yahoo.