Blackboard Technical Requirements


Hardware

To access Blackboard, your computer need only support one or more of the compatible browsers listed below.

Browsers

The following web browsers are supported by Blackboard:

Browser Settings

  • Security Level - set at Medium (Internet Explorer only)

  • Accept all cookies (How to Enable Cookies)

  • Enable JavaScript

  • Enable Java (if using Chat or Virtual Classroom)

Viewers/Players/Plug-ins

To view or access course content, you may need one or more of the following, depending on the type of content posted in the course:

  • Microsoft Word viewer is recommended as faculty members frequently use Word for their course documents (free download)

  • PowerPoint viewer for PowerPoint presentations (free download)

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDF files (free download)

  • Adobe Flash Player for Adobe Flash content (free download)

  • Java Plug-in - required for Chat or Virtual Classroom.  JRE version 7 is recommended. There are compatibility problems with Java 7 and the Google Chrome browser on Mac OS X, so users may need to use Firefox or Safari.  (free download)