Minimum Equipment Requirements


A fairly new PC/MAC/Linux system is required for use with Blackboard Course Management System to be successful with Online Courses.

Dial Up connectivity is highly discouraged. A DSL/Cable/Lan connection will be needed; the use of Cellular Air Cards (3G/4G) may be successful, but it is not recommended.With the use of IPads and Smartphones, apps are available to access Blackboard; these apps are for convenience only and should not be relied upon for actual course participation.Different Internet Browsers have differing results in Blackboard and Banner. Please check with support before attempting to use newly released browsers with these systems. Click here to see more information on Browser issues.Below are some of the basic requirements. If you have any questions concerning your systems and software please see the support page and contact us before signing up for a course.

  • PC Capable of running Windows 7, 8, or 10 (32-bit or 64-bit) or Mac capable of running  OS 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10.

  • 1 GB RAM (2+ GB RAM recommended) 

  • Linux Systems need to be thoroughly tested for compatibility

  • Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 9+ on PC (IE is only supported in Standards Mode)

  • Chrome, Firefox, or Safari 6.0+  Browser on Mac.  (Do not use browsers supplied by your Internet Service Provider.)  

  • E-Mail client such as Microsoft Outlook or Tech's Office 365.

  • Microsoft Office applications may be required in some courses. Microsoft Office 365 is available for use by currently-enrolled students at no cost. See here for more information.(Microsoft WORKS is NOT compatible.)

  • Current Version of Adobe Flash Player

  • Current Version of Adobe Reader

  • Current Version of Microsoft Silverlight

  • RealPlayer 10+ audio/video player

  • Windows Media Player 11+

  • Java Version 7+

  • Antivirus and Malware protection is highly recommended. Firewalls may need to be turned off or adjusted to receive files and run certain programs.

  • Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible.  JAWS 14 and 15 were used during accessibility testing.