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 Fall 2021 Semester:

Browser Type Browser Version
Chrome Version 87+
Edge Version 87+
Firefox Version 78+
Internet Explorer Unsupported
Safari Version 13+ (desktop, 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.

Recent updates to several browsers have included changes to how the browser handles third-party cookies. These changes may affect tools from other providers that integrate with Blackboard Learn. If you have trouble accessing an integrated tool after a browser upgrade, edit your browser’s settings to allow sites to save and read cookie data. You can find instructions for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge online.

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 Fall 2021 Semester:

Mobile Browser Type Mobile Browser Version
Chrome Version 33+
Edge Version 46+
Firefox Version 33+
Safari On iOS 12+

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)