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, 10
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
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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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The Turnitin ETS e-rater service will be unavailable between 3 AM and 7 PM EDT on Sunday, October 22, 2017 for vendor maintenance.  Any Turnitin submissions during that time will not be evaluated by the e-rater grammar checking tool.


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The Crocodoc document preview service is considered to be functioning normally as long as the conversions are completed within 36 hours.  The service can only convert a few documents at a time, so when a large number of submissions are made system-wide, a back log is expected.  If a conversion is taking longer than 36 hours, the vendor would consider that submission stuck/failed and recommends the instructor allow a new submission/attempt.  Instructors should note that students are not at fault for these delays and failures, and should not be penalized when it occurs.