System Requirements

Online courses will require a computer and an internet connection. Below is a list of recommended hardware that may be necessary.

Hardware Resources

PC Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
Macintosh MacOS X 10.6 - 10.8
RAM 2 GB
Processor

Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor

Windows - Intel® Pentium® IV 1.4GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

Hard Drive a minimum of 5 GB of free space
Modem Cable modem or DSL is highly recommended
Internet Browser

Supported Browser Information for Blackboard

  • Windows Operating System and Browser

    • Windows 8 (32, 64 bit): Internet Explorer 10, Firefox (ESR and Final Release Channel), or Google Chrome 20+ (Stable Channel) 

    • Windows 7 (32, 64 bit): Internet Explorer 8 - 10, Firefox (ESR and Final Release Channel), or Google Chrome 20+ (Stable Channel) 

    • Windows Vista (32, 64 bit): Internet Explorer 8 & 9, Firefox (ESR and Final Release Channel), or Google Chrome 20+ (Stable Channel)
    • Windows XP: Internet Explorer 8, Firefox (ESR and Final Release Channel), or Google Chrome 20+ (Stable Channel)
  • Macintosh Operating System and Browsers
    • Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion: Safari 6.0, Safari 5.1, Firefox  (ESR and Final Release Channel), or Google Chrome 20+ (Stable Channel)

    • Mac OSX 10.7 Lion: Safari 6.0, Safari 5.1, Firefox  (ESR and Final Release Channel), or Google Chrome 20+ (Stable Channel)

    • Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard: Safari 5.1, Safari 5.0, Safari 4.0, Firefox  (ESR and Final Release Channel), or Google Chrome 20+ (Stable Channel)

    • Mac OSX 10.5 is not supported in SP11

  • Browser Plugins
    • Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Sun JRE 7. JRE 6 may work, but could result in unexpected behavior.  The JRE can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
    • 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
  • Browser Check
    • It is highly recommended that you perform a browser before you login in to check and see if your computer is properly configured to use the Blackboard Learning System. Click here to perform a browser check.

Supported Browsers for Adobe Connect

  • Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise; or Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9
    • Mozilla Firefox 3.x or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Adobe Flash® Player 10.1 or later
  • Mac OS X v10.5–10.7.2 (Intel)
    • Safari 4, 5
    • Mozilla Firefox 3.x or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later
  • Browser Check
    • It is highly recommended that you perform a browser before you login in to check and see if your computer is properly configured to use the Adobe Connect System. Click here to perform a browser check.

Supported Browsers for Echo 360

  • Windows Vista; or Windows 7(32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 and 10
    • Chrome 21 and 22
  • Mac OS X v10.6 and above (Intel)
    • Chrome 21 and 22
    • Safari 5.1 and 6.0
Optical Drive CD-RW/DVD or DVD-RW
  • Video and Sound Card
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Printer
  • Headset Microphone (this will reduce feedback)
  • Web Camera

Software Resources

Below is a list of software that may be required to create your online course.

Software Installer (Windows) (Mac)
Windows Media Player
Adobe Acrobat Reader Real Media Player

Trend Micro (Anti-virus)

Flash Media Player
  Additional Software Available