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Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications for Using my.TAFE

 It is recommended that you have the following computer technical specifications before accessing your online course materials on my.TAFE:

  • Windows PC (preferably Windows 7, 8 or 10) or Apple Mac
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels 
  • ADSL or Cable broadband is highly recommended.
  • Audio playback is enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction).

Please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets) are not supported by my.TAFE, and may not work properly for assessments.

Internet Browsers

my.TAFE has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions:

  • Firefox 4+ (highly recommended for students)
  • Google Chrome 27
  • Safari 5
  • Internet Explorer 7 with Google Chrome Frame installed
  • Internet Explorer 8.

older versions of browsers may not correctly display information. 
Please Note: my.TAFE is not compatible with Internet Explorer 10 - use Compatibilty Mode

When downloading documents, it is recommended that they are saved to your computer prior to opening or working with them. We recommend the use of USB drives or external hard drives to back up copies of documents and assessments. 


iConnect Web conferencing

iConnect (Blackboard) Sessions

Some courses require students to attend iConnect web conferencing sessions with their teacher. This is essentially an online classroom, where your teachers can present course information and engage students in discussion. iConnect uses a web-based program called Blackboard.

To participate in a web conference you will require:

  • stable internet access
  • speakers and microphone, or a headset that combines the two
  • web cam (optional)
  • up-to-date Java installed on your computer.

Your teacher will inform you of upcoming sessions, and will provide a url to access the particular session. You will then have to log in as a Guest using the email address you have registered with TAFE, a display name, and the password provided by your teacher.

Click on the link below for detailed instructions for updating Java, connecting to a session, and setting up audio.



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Required Software

Required Software

To fully access the study materials available to you, you are required to have the following software and plugins installed on your computer.

  Adobe Flash Player
Certain presentations and activities are delivered in Flash format that requires this player (plugin).
Adobe Shockwave Plugin
Certain presentations and activities are delivered in Shockwave format that requires this plugin.

Adobe Reader
To be able to view particular readings and also access the study guides within this course you are required to have the Adobe Reader plugin/program installed on your computer. 

Windows 8 PDF reader app is not suitable and you will need to download the full Adobe Reader program linked above.

Oracle Java
To be able to view and access iConnect / Elluminate within this course you are required to have the Java plugin installed on your computer.

Microsoft Office suite (or alternative)
To read and complete assessments you are required to have Microsoft Word (2010 or newer is preferred) installed on your computer. You may also require Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel depending on your course. These programs are part of the basic Home and Student Microsoft Office Suites.

See our Suggested Programs & Apps page for recommended alternatives to this suite.



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