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Online Student Support

Getting Started


Blackboard is OHIO’s learning management system.  It is an online service for posting course-related materials and facilitating interactions between students, instructors, teaching assistants, and guests.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a team-based collaboration tool that provides group chat, channeled conversations, instant messaging, live document collaboration, audio or video calls, and meetings.


Zoom is a video conferencing tool that provides chat, breakout rooms, polling, and audio or video calls within a meeting.


VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that allows you to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos.  Instructors may use VoiceThread in your Blackboard courses.


Proctortrack allows students to take a proctored exam on their own devices from a location of their choosing, if the feature has been enabled by the instructor in the Blackboard course.  A student will need a computer with a webcam and access to a well-lit room.

Computer Recommendations

  • General computer recommendations
    • Device type: laptop or tablet
    • Operating system: Windows 10 or 11, or Mac OS (supported)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Storage: 250 GB hard drive (solid state recommended over hard disk drive)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    • Network adapter: Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n (802.11ac recommended)
    • Display: 1280 x 768 or greater (Office 365 minimum)
    • Webcam: Yes - internal or external
    • Microphone: Yes - internal or external (can be found on many standard headphones)
    • Physical keyboard: Yes
  • Computer recommendation by major: If you're looking to buy a new computer for college, your major may have specific recommendations or requirements for technology. OHIO's Bobcat Depot has technology recommendations based on college and major (Technology menu, choose "Students: Shop By Major.")