Getting Started in Bb Learn - Software Requirements

For Blackboard Learn to run properly and achieve its full functionality, there are several software requirements that you will need for your computer.  While Blackboard Learn may function without the listed supported software and requirements, you may not be able to use all of the functions in Blackboard Learn.  If you encounter problems while using Blackboard Learn, check to make sure that you are using supported software and it is up to date. 


Web Browsers

Some of the more popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari on Mac, are supported by Blackboard Learn, however, other browsers such as Opera and Google Chrome are not yet supported for use with Blackboard Learn and you may experience trouble with certain features if you try to use them.  

  • View a list of supported browsers for Blackboard Learn here.



Java is used for some of the functionality in Blackboard Learn.  Without Java installed and enabled on your Web browser, you may not be able to view some course materials or they may not display properly.  

  • To see if you have the latest version of Java on your computer or to download Java, visit their website.



Flash is a common software plug-in for browsers that is used to view animation and interactive content.  Without Flash installed on your computer, some course materials posted by your instructor, such as videos, may not function properly.

  • To see if you have the latest version of Flash on your computer or to download Flash, visit their website.

For technology support for Blackboard Learn, contact the Student Technology Center.