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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.

You'll need one of the below supported desktop browsers for use with Blackboard Learn 9 in the Spring 2019 Semester:

Browser Type Browser Version
Chrome** Version 49+
Edge** Version 20+
Firefox** Version 48+
Internet Explorer* Version 11+ (Windows only)
Safari Version 9+ (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, Blackboard Instructor, and Bb Grader are supported native apps for mobile and tablet devices that interact with Blackboard Learn 9.1 servers. These apps may have their own device requirements.

*Microsoft ended active development for Internet Explorer in January 2016. Most features of Blackboard Learn will work with IE11, so it is generally considered compatible. Some newer features in Blackboard Learn will not work with IE11. An alternative browser is recommended.

**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)