Technical Requirements

Students must have a computer with the following hardware and software (additional equipment and software may be required for some courses):

PC Requirements

  • Intel Core-2 compatible processor or higher
  • Windows XP or higher required (Specific operating systems may be required in some courses. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • 2 Gb of RAM required
  • CD ROM drive; DVD ROM drive recommended
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection recommended
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (Professional recommended and may be required in some courses. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • Please view the table below for browser compatibility. Other browsers may allow Blackboard access but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported.
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Java 1.5 or later
  • Webcam recommended and may be required in some courses (See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)

Mac Requirements

  • Intel, Mac OS X-compatible processor or higher
  • Mac OS X Version 10.4.X or later (Specific operating systems may be required in some courses. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • 2 Gb of RAM required
  • CD ROM drive required; DVD ROM recommended
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • Internet service provider (ISP); broadband connection recommended
  • Microsoft Office: Mac 2008
  • Please view the table below for browser compatibility. Other browsers may allow Blackboard access but not all functions will operate correctly and are not supported.
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Mac supplied Java
  • Webcam recommended and may be required in some courses (See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)

 

Browser Compatibility

Blackboard™ Learn Release 9.1 SP6 (9.1.60230.0) are tested with a variety of technologies.

Certified: fully tested and supported.
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly.
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested.

Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

  Internet Explorer® 9 * Internet Explorer 8 * Firefox (Final Release Channel) ** Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel) **
Windows® XP (32-bit) Unsupported Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista® (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified
Windows 7 (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

Apple® Mac OS® Operating System

  Safari® 5.0 Safari 4.0 Firefox (Final Release Channel) ** Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel) **
Mac OSX 10.5 "Leopard" Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Mac OSX 10.6 "Snow Leopard" Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified

Notes

Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing. Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Sun JRE 6. The JRE can be downloaded from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp.

The following technologies are not supported:

  • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7
  • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5
  • Safari 2.0, 3.x (or any version on Windows)
  • Mac OSX 10.4 "Tiger"
  • Java 5

* Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9
These browsers are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior). A known security issue prevents copy and paste from working in the Discussion Board. The current workaround is to use the quote button when quoting in a reply or to use plain text mode. Another known bug causes a password dialog box to appear when opening certain course documents. The workaround for this is to either cancel the dialog box or to use a different web browser.

** Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 10.0 and Firefox 4.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.

 Requirements and Online Training

Requirements and Online Training