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Technical Requirements - Courses and Programs

Computer Hardware & Software Specifications

The computer hardware, software, and the Internet connection that is used for accessing coursework are the primary means of participating in online (and some on-ground) courses and therefore are significant contributors to academic success in your online course and/or program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. It is essential that you own or have ready access to a computer that meets the following minimum specifications.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is primarily Windows PC-based and, therefore, we are not able to actively support documents from Macintosh or Linux based computers.

Hardware Requirements

  • Minimum 2GHz processor
  • 4 GB Recommended
  • High-speed DSL or Cable Internet Connection - especially if enrolled in online courses
  • Web Camera and Microphone/headset may be required for online courses

High Speed Internet Access

  • A high speed Internet connection with minimum connection speed of 1.5 MB or better.
    • The use of satellite and cellular connections may result in slowness or errors (timeouts or access problems) when accessing the classroom and course materials.
    • The use of public access computers and internet (for example, at restaurants and public institutions such as libraries) may result in slowness or errors (timeouts or access problems) when accessing the classroom and course materials. Public access computers may not permit any access to certain course materials or systems due to security limitations.

Software Requirements*

  • Microsoft Office 365 is provided through WITC student email

Supported Operating Systems*

  • Microsoft® Windows 7 and Windows 8

Additional Software Requirements for Online Programs*

ACCOUNTING PROGRAM > >

  • Quickbooks (most recent version typically used - check with course instructor)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM > >

  • Adobe CS6

ARCHITECTURAL COMMERCIAL DESIGN PROGRAM > >

E-CHiLD and E-CONNECT-CHILD CARE SERVICES PROGRAMS > >

The E-CHiLD and E-Connect-Child Care Services programs will require all of the following, to include the web camera and microphone/headset. Each of these programs contain synchronous instruction.

  • Minimum 2GHz processor
  • 4 GB Recommended
  • High-speed DSL or Cable Internet Connection - especially if enrolled in online courses
  • Web Camera and Microphone/headset REQUIRED for online courses

 

IT-WEB AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPER PROGRAM > >

  • 8 GB RAM
  • Aptana Development Environment (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • Java Development Environment (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome (free downloads)
  • MS Visual Studio Community 2015 (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • SQL Express 2014 (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • Microsoft Access 2013 (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • MySQL (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • Apache (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • Android Development Environment (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • FileZilla (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • XAMPP (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)
  • Notepad++ (free-information will be sent via instructor after registration)

Blackboard Support

Blackboard Support Basics > >

Blackboard Supported Browsers

Blackboard Support - Accessing Blackboard - Technical Support - Academic Support

Accessing Blackboard

To access your course(s), please go to https://bb9.witc.edu or  http://www.witc.edu  and click "Blackboard" (top of right-hand side of page).   Click here for log on instructions.

Please allow 1 business day for newly registered classes to appear in Blackboard.

If you have problems accessing your course the first time, please verify your enrollment in MyWITC,

If you completed an in-person, paper registration, you may contact the individual listed below at the campus where you registered for the course to make sure your registration was processed:

Ashland:  Jennifer Olson, ext. 3115
New Richmond:  Student Services, ext. 4145
Rice Lake:  Joannie Rado, ext. 5409
Superior:  Debra Christopherson, ext. 6240

Technical Support

Should you encounter problems while taking your course, please contact our 24-hour Help Desk as follows:

From on-campus: ext. 7300
From off-campus:  (877) 469-9482
submit a ticket, live chat, downloads and more! 

Academic Support

If you have any questions about the content of your course, please contact your instructor using the information provided to you at the beginning of the course.  Your course always includes e-mail support and may include telephone support depending on individual instructors.

 

Other Support Options

Adobe Downloads > >

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Flash

*Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog > >

*Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is proud to be part of the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog (WISC). This online catalog enables students to purchase software packages at substantial discounts. More information can be found at the web link http://www.witc.edu/technology/software.htm

Student Login Information > >

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Read the following instructions carefully as Student Login to Email, Blackboard and the Network has changed.

Below are descriptions of available student login accounts used for accessing the WITC Network, your student email, the MyWITC Portal and the Blackboard Online Learning System.

Login to the WITC Network, MyWITC, Email, Blackboard, and Email Address Information Need Help? http://www.witc.edu/help

 WITC APPLICATION  LOGIN DETAILS PASSWORD: These are the default password formats. You should change your password upon initial login.

Never give out your password to anyone. WITC encourages you to change your password for security protection. 

WITC Network and Blackboard Login with your 8-digit Student ID Number. Example: 12345678

Blackboard Login video

First 2 initials of your first name + first 2 initials of your last name + last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. All lower case. Example: ffll1234
MyWITC Login with your 8-digit Student ID Number. Example: 12345678 New users start by creating a password. Then click on MyWITC to access your account.
Student Email Login with your 8-digit Student ID Number. Example: 12345678 All lower case. First 2 initials of your first name + first 2 initials of your last name + last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. Example: ffll1234

 

Plagiarism > >

Reference Resources

Guide to Grammar and Writing, Capital Community College
Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism.

Indiana University Writing Tutorial Service
Pamphlets dealing with specific writing situations available in .html and .pdf formats.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
Academic writing in American institutions is filled with rules that writers often don't know how to follow. A working knowledge of these rules, however, is critically important; inadvertent mistakes can lead to charges of plagiarism or the unacknowledged use of somebody else's words or ideas.

FAQs > >

Read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) carefully before deciding to take a course online.