If you are reading this page, chances are you have the basic tools and skills needed for Tunxis’ online classes. (More detailed information is provided in the Online Student Orientation.)


  • A computer with Internet access
  • An email account
  • A Blackboard Learn supported Web browser
  • Java: Java Runtime Environment
  • A word processing program:
    • MS Word (preferred) – Office 365 (O365)
    • WordPerfect
    • MS Works
  • Pop-Ups
    • We recommend setting an option that allows pop-ups from websites you specify, and blocks all other pop-ups.
    • *.my.commnet.edu and *.blackboard.com
  • Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software:

Ability to:

  • access the Internet
  • send and receive email
  • send and receive email attachments
  • use a word processing program
  • download documents and/or software

Individual courses may require supplemental software or hardware. The course syllabus will outline specific hardware and software requirements-be sure to read the course description and look for any special computer requirements.

The Browser Check page will provide you with links to utilities that will help you determine if you have the proper software to successfully access Tunxis Online Education.


Viewing documents created in software applications not currently running on your computer may require you to download and install plug-ins. Plug-ins are free software programs available on the Web. These tools add functions to your web browser or enable you to view specialized content.

Visit the download page for the most commonly used plug-ins.


Using the web-browser on your mobile device

You should not be using the web-browser on your device to access Blackboard Learn. Mobile device browsers are not full-fledged browsers and are missing many of the vital components necessary for Blackboard use. Instead, you should download the app or use your desktop / laptop.

If you opt to use the Mobile app, It’s important to understand that the app does not provide the full functionality of Blackboard Learn. Your computer or laptop with supported browser and java settings needs to be the primary online tool for your course. While mobile devices provide convenient access to check in and read information about your courses, they should NOT be used to perform work such as taking tests, quizzes, completing assignments, or submitting substantive discussion posts.

For more information on Mobile Devices, please visit: https://cscu.edusupportcenter.com/sims/helpcenter/common/layout/SelfhelpArticleView.seam?inst_name=cscu&article_id=1912-1463992


Information and policies such as the following can be found on our website on the “About TCC > Consumer Information” webpage:

  • myCommNet.edu: everything you need to know…
  • Essential College Policy Statements
  • Board of Regents Policy on Student Conduct
  • Other College Policies
  • Academic Calendar



SafeAssign, TurnItIn or other anti-plagiarism detection software products may be used in Tunxis courses. Anti-plagiarism detection software products assist faculty and students in preventing and detecting plagiarism. Professors may utilize such software in order to check the originality of the academic work students submit in a course by comparing submitted papers to those contained in its database consisting of submitted papers and other sources. Anti-plagiarism detection software returns an “originality report” for each submission. The report is limited in scope to merely identifying passages that are not original to the author of the submitted work and which may include correctly cited quotations and information. Professors and students must carefully review such reports. No adverse action may be taken by a professor with respect to a student solely on the basis of an originality report which indicates the potential for plagiarism.

In Tunxis courses you may be asked to submit your academic papers and other creative work containing personally identifiable information for originality reporting. By doing so, your work along with personally identifiable information will be retained in the product database and may be subsequently reported out containing your personally identifiable information not only to your professor/s, but also to professors of the other twelve Connecticut Community Colleges as part of subsequent originality reports.

You may decline to submit your work for originality reporting. If so, you must be provided an alternative method in which to submit your work. However, your professor, after removing your personally identifying information, may nonetheless submit limited portions of your academic work for originality reporting.

For more information, contact Adrianne Dunham, Director of Education Technology and Interim Director of Library & Instructional Technologies (LIT).