Online Courses Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements for Blackboard Learn

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  • Mac or Windows computer
  • Web browser validated for use with Blackboard Learn (see list below)
  • Internet Connection
  • Pop-up blocker disabled
  • JRE versions 7 and 8 are the recommended versions for features that depend on it. JRE version 6 may work, but could result in unexpected behavior.   Download link for JRE.

You will need one of the below supported desktop browsers for use with Blackboard Learn in the Spring 2021 Semester:

Browser Type Browser Version
Chrome** Version 63+
Edge** Version 42+
Firefox** Version 57+
Internet Explorer Unsupported
Safari Version 12+ (Mac OS only)

For the best Blackboard Learn experience with a screen reader, use Firefox and Jaws on a Windows system and use Safari and VoiceOver on a Mac system.

**Google Chrome versions 42+, Mozilla Firefox versions 52+ and Microsoft Edge do not support NPAPI-type plug-ins including Java plug-ins and many media browser plug-ins. Blackboard doesn't support these browsers for use with the multiple-file upload interface or embedded media types that require NPAPI plug-ins for viewing.

A known Microsoft Edge issue has caused problems attaching and submitting open Microsoft Office files in Blackboard Learn courses. To help prevent file submission problems, if you use Microsoft Edge, Learn warns you that you should close files before uploading them. The message only displays the first time you encounter a file upload workflow in a Learn session.

You can also use one of the below supported mobile browsers with Blackboard Learn in the Spring 2021 Semester:

Mobile Browser Type Mobile Browser Version
Chrome Version 63+
Edge Version 38+
Firefox Version 57+
Safari Version 11+ (Mac OS only)

Modern mobile browsers are generally considered compatible when using mobile-compatible content. Not all tools and workflows have been optimized for mobile use.

Blackboard App and Blackboard Instructor are supported native apps for mobile and tablet devices that interact with Blackboard Learn servers. These apps may have their own device requirements.

You'll need the ability to:

  • browse the Internet
  • download and upload files
  • download and install software
  • learn independently and manage time effectively

You'll also need:

  • to meet the prerequisites of the course (see online course description for more information about prerequisites)