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Technical Requirements for Blackboard Learn 9

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  • Mac or Windows computer
  • Web browser validated for use with Blackboard Learn 9 (see list below)
  • Internet Connection
  • Pop-up blocker disabled
  • JRE versions 7 and 8 are the recommended versions for features that depend on it. JRE version 6 may work, but could result in unexpected behavior. Download link for JRE:

You'll need one of the below supported desktop browsers for use with Blackboard Learn 9 in the Fall 2018 Semester:

Browser Type Browser Version
Chrome** Version 36+
Edge** Version 20+
Firefox** Version 31+
Internet Explorer Version 11+ (Windows only)
Safari Version 6+ (Mac OS only)

For the best Blackboard Learn experience with a screen reader, use Firefox and Jaws on a Windows system and use Safari and VoiceOver on a Mac system.

Mobile app versions of these browsers aren't supported at this time, although users may have success using them.

**Google Chrome versions 42+, Mozilla Firefox versions 52+ and Microsoft Edge do not support NPAPI-type plug-ins including Java plug-ins and many media browser plug-ins. Blackboard doesn't support these browsers for use with the multiple-file upload interface or embedded media types that require NPAPI plug-ins for viewing.

You'll need the ability to:

  • browse the Internet
  • download and upload files
  • download and install software
  • learn independently and manage time effectively

You'll also need:

  • to meet the prerequisites of the course (see online course description for more information about prerequisites)