Answered By: Donna Marconnet
Last Updated: May 14, 2019     Views: 8

We have open computer labs on campus, and consistent access to MATC on-campus open lab computers, such as the libraries may be an option to help you complete your coursework. 

Here are some general, unofficial guidelines from Student Computer Help to try to help make sure your personal computer is compatible with resources commonly used in courses. MATC does not recommend any particular make or model of computer. 

Keep in mind that your course and program requirements may vary. Instructors may use a variety of course materials and those may have other requirements. You can always check with your instructors or program for their suggestions as well:

Computers

  • High speed internet access – 2 Mbps minimum
  • Admin rights for your computer -  to install and download applications, or make changes, as required for your courses
  • Windows – i5 or higher, 64 bit, 2 GH or higher, running Windows 10+
  • MAC – Intel processor 1.83 GH or higher, running one of 3 most recent versions of MAC OS. For some courses, you will be required to use Virtual Desktops if using a MAC. 
  • Memory – 4 G or higher
  • Hard Drive – 160 GB or higher with minimum available free space - Windows 10 GB / MAC 20 GB
  • Sound card, speakers and/or headphones
  • Microphone and headset – required for many courses
  • Webcam – required for some courses
  • Browsers: Firefox and/or Chrome; latest stable version with pop-ups, cookies and JavaScript enabled. Blackboard Browser Check
  • Antivirus (free versions are generally sufficient)
  • Display: Windows 1280 X 768; MAC 1280 X 800 minimum
  • JAVA
  • Microsoft Office – Free for students through MATC  

Chromebooks - Chromebooks do not use an operating system that is supported by Blackboard. Many features may work, but you will need to use a computer, not a Chromebook, for some assignments, course materials, tests, and courses.  You can even check-out a Chromebook from the library for 3 days, which may help with access to some course materials. You can use the VMware app on many Chromebooks, or the HTML access for virtual desktops to access many apps used for your courses.

Tablets and Mobile devices – Mobile access to some online course materials may be available, and you can access many communications features easily when on the go, but do not plan to take an entire course using a tablet or mobile device. 

Stop by the library for in-person assistance, or contact us by phone or email with questions for Student Computer Help.