- Get a fast, stable wired network connection: 50-100 mpbs download, 5-10 mbps upload.
- Before you start any critical tasks in myClass, reboot your computer, close all the other programs & apps and use only myClass.
- Ask the other users in your places to stop using high-Internet-traffic programs & apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Skype, online games and so on while you are using myClass.
- When you type long text lines, type and save them first on any text editor (NotePad, WordPad, Word, etc.) and then copy and paste them into myClass later.
- Do not upload video and audio files directly into your myClass courses. Instead, upload them through Kaltura (My Media) and then make links to them inside your courses.
- Recommended Internet speeds: 50-100 mpbs download, 5-10 mbps upload; Internet speed test on local servers (click here). Internet speed test on remote servers (click here).
- Fast, stable wired network connection: the best option, especially for critical tasks such as exams/quizzes, assignments and uploading/streaming large files & multimedia.
- UFV's student computer labs offer very fast, stable wired connections: Abbotsford campus - G210, G181, A302 & Building D's second floor; CEP campus - inside the library.
- If your computer doesn’t have a wired network port, you can use a USB-to-Ethernet adapter (click here). Your Internet modems should have around four wired ports at the back.
- If your Internet modem is too far away, you can use a powerline network adapter kit (click here).
- Secured wireless connection on EduRoam, Shaw, TelUs, Rogers, etc.: the second best option. If you can't use a wired connection at all, please put your computer/device very close to your Internet modem. Wi-Fi 5Ghz connections are prefereed over 2.4 Ghz. Please do not rely on wireless connections in public places such as coffee shops, malls and grocery stores.
- Satellite (such as Hughes Net) will work, but you will encounter a latency (a delay) between the satellite connection and myClass.
- No Dial-up: You should not rely on dial-up connections at all.
Hardware & Operating System
- Desktop or laptop computer on the current versions of Windows or Mac OS. Mobile devices on Android, iOS and Chrome OS may have some limitations.
- CPU: recent Intel i3 or higher or AMD Ryzen 3 or higher.
- Network port (Ethernet / wired LAN) and cable (recommended for faster, stable connections).
- USB headset/microphone/speakers or webcam may be required; refer to course requirements.
- Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox on Windows and Mac OS are recommended. The other browsers may have some limitations.
- Blackboard Learn Browser Compatibility Check
Other Browser Considerations
- Turn off pop-up blockers when using myClass, or provide an exception for UFV's myClass Web site (URL). Often, you will have two pop-up blockers: one within your browser and another within a search toolbar like Google or Bing. Check how to disable pop-up blockers in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer.
- Clear your browser's cache (major browsers) & temporary files and then restart the browser if you have browser problems: How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome & How to Update Google Chrome
Browser Plug-ins and Additional Software
Sometimes, you may need additional software to view and listen to instructional content within your course. Before downloading any of the plug-ins and software listed below, please check with your instructors to see which plug-ins and software they may recommend.