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Ohio University's Blackboard support site


Blackboard Support recommends the following minimum hardware and software requirements in order to access classes on Blackboard.  Please note that Blackboard users must have Administrator access to their computers to install programs and use Blackboard

Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
Windows 7, 8, 8.1
Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9
Processor 1 GHz 2 Ghz dual core or faster
Memory 512 MB 2 GB or higher
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 or higher
Internet Connection Cable, DSL, Cellular 4G, Campus LAN, or Campus Wireless with a minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps Cable, DSL, or Campus LAN with a minimum download speed of 3.0 Mbps
Web Browser Firefox or Google Chrome Firefox or Google Chrome
Java Download the latest version here Download the latest version here
Adobe Flash Player Download the latest version here Download the latest version here


Students and faculty can use the browser checker to check their web browser to ensure that all required plugins for Blackboard are enabled and up to date.

Microsoft Office is required to create and open most assignments in Blackboard. The Bobcat Depot carries Microsoft Office and is able to ship software to students. (Note: OpenOffice and Google Docs are not supported by Blackboard.)

Please note that loaned (work or business) computers and public computers are often secured from downloading files and installing programs and cannot be supported.

Alert for Satellite Users:  Satellite connections, such as Dish or Frontier, may not fulfill the minimum technical requirements for using Blackboard Learn.  You may experience timeouts, IP address issues, session problems or course mail issues caused by latency.  It is recommended that you make every effort to use a different service provider when accessing Blackboard Learn.


Internet Browser Downloads


Blackboard Support strongly recommends that users use Mozilla Firefox as it is most compatible with Blackboard

Browser PC MAC
Mozilla Firefox Download Download
Google Chrome Download Download


Additional Recommended Software

Adobe Reader Download Download
Java Download Download
Quicktime Download Download
Sophos Antivirus Download Download








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Blackboard Tips

Instructors:  Remember to make your course available for student viewing.  Here are the steps:

  • Open the course within Blackboard
  • Go to the Control Panel
  • Select Customization
  • Select Properties
  • Change the Available marker to Yes
  • Click Submit

Students:  If you do not see your course in Blackboard, it is because your instructor has not yet made it available to you.  Please note:  your instructors have the option to use Blackboard, it is not required, so some of your courses may never appear within Blackboard.