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Technical Requirements

for Blackboard Online Courses

The following hardware and software are minimum specifications to work with the Blackboard application.

PC Requirements

Macintosh Requirements

Browser Requirements

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The following information was provided by Blackboard, Inc., "END USER CONFIGURATION MATRIX".

End users must use a certified or compatible operating system and browser configuration with the Blackboard Academic Suite.

NOTE: JavaScript & Cookies must be enabled.

Compatability of Internet Browsers for PC and Mac Systems with Blackboard
Browser Name Browser Version Operating System Version Compatibility
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.2 Windows 2000 Not compatible
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.5 Windows 2000 Not compatible
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6.0 Windows 2000 Compatible
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.2 Windows XP Not compatible
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.5 Windows XP Not compatible
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6.0 Windows XP Fully Certified and Supported
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.2 Mac OS 10.2 Compatible
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.5 Mac OS 10.2 Not compatible
Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6.0 Mac OS 10.2 Not Compatible
Netscape Version 4.78 Windows 2000 Not Compatible
Netscape Version 4.78 Windows XP Not Compatible
Netscape Version 4.78 Mac OS 10.2 Not Compatible
Netscape Version 4.78 Mac OS 10.3 Not Compatible
Netscape Version 7.1 Windows 2000 Compatible
Netscape Version 7.1 Windows XP Compatible
Netscape Version 7.1 Mac OS 10.2 Compatible
Netscape Version 7.1 Mac OS 10.3 Compatible
Firefox Version 1.0.x Windows 2000 Compatible
Firefox Version 1.0.x Windows XP Fully Certified and Supported
Firefox Version 1.0.x Mac OS 10.2 Compatible
Firefox Version 1.0.x Mac OS 10.3 Fully Certified and Supported
Apple Safari Version 1.0 Windows 2000 Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.0 Windows XP Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.0 Mac OS 10.2 Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.0 Mac OS 10.3 Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.1 Windows 2000 Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.1 Windows XP Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.1 Mac OS 10.2 Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.1 Mac OS 10.3 Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.2 Windows 2000 Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.2 Windows XP Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.2 Mac OS 10.2 Not Compatible
Apple Safari Version 1.2 Mac OS 10.3 Fully Certified and Supported

NOTE 1: All configurations marked as Compatible and have undergone a limited engineering analysis to test areas of the Blackboard Academic Suite that may have browser issues. Additional information on known browser issues may be found in the Knowledge Base on www.Blackboard.com.

NOTE 2: Microsoft Windows 2000 supported configurations are considered compatible when run on Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME.

NOTE 3: Gecko is the shared rendering engine at the heart of the Firefox 1.0, Netscape 7.1 and Mozilla 1.5 browsers, which are all considered compatible browsers. Only Firefox has undergone testing that qualifies it as Fully Certified and supported.

NOTE 4: The Safari Web browser and the Gecko browsers for Mac do not currently fully support the Live Connect technology used by some features in the Blackboard Learning System. The Equation Editor, Collaboration tool and SCORM Content type may experience issues when these browsers are used. See the Knowledge Base articles 181-2429, 181-2428, 181-2431, 181-2432 for detailed information.

NOTE 5: The Visual Text Box Editor is only available to users with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

NOTE 6: As a general rule and for security purposes, Distance & Continuing Education recommends using the most current version of your browser and apply all operating system security updates as provided by the manufacturer.

Additional Software:

Microsoft Office
Browser Plug-Ins: (Suggested)

You may or may not need the plug-ins, depending on what type of files your instructor shares with you via Blackboard. The plug-ins are free downloads.