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'll need one of the below supported desktop browsers for use with Blackboard Learn in the Spring 2020 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.

Mobile app versions of these browsers aren't supported at this time, although users may have success using them.

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.

**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.

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)