• Computer Requirements for Academic year 2013-2014

    Recommended Computer Requirements

    The following computer equipment recommendations represent what we consider to be the ideal system configuration for a computer that is expected to support a student through a full 4 year degree program. It is also our recommended configuration for students taking academic programs that are computer intensive in nature. These recommendations are necessarily high end so feel free to adjust downwards towards the minimum computer requirements listed above if you so desire.

    If you are running Microsoft WINDOWS 7 OR NEWER we recommend:

    • CPU: Intel Core i5  .
    • Memory: 4GB.
    • Hard Disk: 250GB 7200rpm SATA or larger..
    • Network: 10/100 ethernet and/or wireless 802.11 a/n (recommended) 802.11 b/g (supported).
    • Optical Drive: DVD / RW
    • Note: Windows 8 is not fully supported at this time

    If you are running Macintosh OS-X we recommend:

    • CPU : 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5.
    • Memory : 4GB.
    • Hard Disk : 500GB or larger.
    • Network : 10/100 ethernet and/or wireless 802.11 a/n (recommended) 802.11 b/g (supported).
    • Optical Drive: 8x SuperDrive.
    • Note: only OSX 10.6  and newer are supported
  • Browser Compatibility for  Blackboard™ Learn SP 11

          Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
    Explorer® 10 
    Explorer® 9
    Explorer 8
    Firefox (ESR) Firefox (FRC)
    (Stable Channel) 
           Windows 7 (32-bit) Provisional  Certified    Compatible  Certified
     Certified     Certified 
           Windows 7 (64-bit) Provisional  Certified     Compatible  Certified     Certified     Certified   
           Windows 8 (32-bit) Compatible  Unsupported  Unsupported  Certified    Certified    Certified  
           Windows 8 (64-bit) Certified    Unsupported  Unsupported  Certified    Certified    Certified  
           Apple® Mac OS® OperatingSystem 
      Safari® 6.0.1  Safari® 5.1   Safari 5.0    Firefox (EST)    Firefox (FRC)   Chrome
    (Stable Channel)
           Mac OSX 10.6 Unsupported Certified  Certified   Certified   Certified   Certified 
           Mac OSX 10.7 Certified  Certified   Unsupported  Certified    Certified   Certified  
           Mac OSX 10.8 Certified  Certified  Unsupported  Certified   Certified   Certified 

                     Certified : fully tested and supported
                     Compatible: partially tested but should function properly
                     Unsupported: either impossible or not tested, either by Microsoft or by Apple
                     Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.    

    • Important: Chrome users who have updated Java on their system to Java 7 will no longer be able to access Java applets – this will result in the loss of some Learn capabilities such as the Math Editor due to the incompatibilities between Chrome and Java 7. At the time of release of SP10/11 Chrome was tested for the ability to render Learn pages pertinent to the core functionality of Learn and as such Chrome was certified. Note that the Math Editor provided in 9.1 SP12 is delivered via JavaScript and is not impacted by the Java 7/Chrome incompatibility
    • Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing.
    • The following technologies are not supported:
      • Internet Explorer 6,7
      • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 3.6
      • Safari 2.0, 3.x  (or any version on Windows)
      • Windows XP 64-bit
      • Mac OSX 10.3, 10.4, 10.5
      • Java 5
    • JRE (Java Runtime Environment) is not required for users to access and interact with the Learn platform with the exception of the following features and tools:
      Learn collaboration tools virtual classroom and chat, Multiple-file uploads, Math equation editor, Default text editor shipped with Learn 9.1 SP9 and earlier. Blackboard has tested and supports these features with version 7 JRE. JRE 6 may work, but could result in unexpected behavior.