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Aug. 10, 2020 Update Fordham Forward, the plan to resume in-person teaching and learning on Aug. 26, is available below, along with extensive resources for students, parents, faculty, and staff. Full Details

Faculty Technical Requirements


Remote Teaching and Learning - Minimum Technical Specifications

This information provides details on the minimum technical specifications needed to successfully create a Blackboard course page, develop asynchronous content using video capture, and hold synchronous sessions with Zoom.


Minimum Personal Computer (PC) Requirements

Requirement Windows-based PC Apple Mac/macOS-based PC
Operating system

Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise

What’s my Windows version?

macOS 10.9

What’s my Mac version?

Web browser Google Chrome or Firefox Google Chrome or Firefox

Intel core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5

What’s my processor on Windows?

Intel core i5

What’s my processor on my Mac?


8 GB

What’s my memory on Windows?

8 GB

What’s my memory on my Mac?


20 GB free space

What’s my free storage in Windows?

20 GB free space

What’s my free storage space on my Mac?

Display resolution

1280 X 720

What’s my display resolution on Windows?

1280 X 720

What is my display resolution on my Mac?

Connectivity Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories Available port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories

















Internet Access

Typically, telephone and TV service providers offer the best Internet access. They can equip your household with an Internet modem, which connects to your computer via an ethernet cable, or a wireless router.  You may also use a WiFi hotspot, which allows your computer to connect to the Internet using cellular networks from providers such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Hotspots may be available through Fordham; contact IT Customer Care if you need one.

Minimum Internet Speed Specifications

Requirement Minimum Specification
Connection speed 20 Mbps
Download speed 3 Mbps
Upload speed 3 Mbps

Test upload and download speeds



Requirement Minimum Specification

Minimum resolution: 720P or 1080P HD

Use an external webcam if your device does not have an internal webcam.


Speaking: Most laptops and tablets feature microphones. Other options include a webcam microphone and external microphone

Listening: Speakers, headphones 

Speaking and listening: Earbuds with mic, phone headset



Requirement Minimum Specification

Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365: (Office 365 is available free to students and faculty)

Google G Suite (Drive/Docs/Gmail)

Antivirus Bitdefender (available free to students and faculty)
PDF viewer Adobe Reader DC
Online meeting Zoom



What are the recommended specifications for purchasing a new personal computer?
Consult this page for Fordham IT's recommended computer specifications.

Which browser should I use?

  • Use the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. Allow these browsers to update automatically. These browsers work well with Blackboard, Panopto and Fordham's other web-based tools. For best results, install both browsers in case one of them isn't working with an online application.
  • Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari are not recommended because they may not be compatible with many of Fordham's applications and systems.

My PC uses Windows 7. Is that ok?
Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7, and therefore it should not be used due to security concerns and compatibility issues with Fordham applications. Moreover, Fordham IT may not be able to support you if you run into a problem. For assistance with upgrading your PC to Windows 10, contact IT Customer Care.