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Technical Requirements for Blackboard Learn 9

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  • Mac or Windows computer
  • Web browser validated for use with Blackboard Learn 9 (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: http://www.oracle.com/

You'll need one of the below validated Web browsers for use with Blackboard Learn 9 in the Summer 2016 Semester:

Windows
Windows 7 Internet Explorer 9+
Firefox 31+
Google Chrome 36+
Windows 8 Internet Explorer 9+
Firefox 31+
Google Chrome 36+
Windows 10 Internet Explorer 9+
Firefox 31+
Google Chrome 36+
Microsoft Edge 1+
Mac OSX
10.8 "Mountain Lion" Safari 6+
Firefox 31+
Google Chrome 36+
10.9 "Mavericks" Safari 6+
Firefox 31+
Google Chrome 36+
10.10 "Yosemite" Safari 6+
Firefox 31+
Google Chrome 36+

Please Note: Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion) is no longer supported for use with Blackboard Learn 9.

Google Chrome versions 42+ 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 Virtual Classroom and Lightweight Chat tools, the multiple-file upload interface, or embedded media that require NPAPI plug-ins for viewing.

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

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)