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Compatibility

blackboard logoWhat does my personal computer need to use Blackboard?

1. Internet

You'll need a computer with a reliable internet connection.

2. Blackboard Browser Check

Use this handy interactive Blackboard Browser Check tool to check if your system is compatible with Blackboard.

Operating Systems, Browsers, Settings and Plug-ins

It is recommended that you use supported technology especially when taking timed tests or quizzes, or tests or quizzes that only allow one attempt. Tips for taking tests and quizzes in Blackboard.

Our on-campus and library computers are set up to be compatible with Blackboard. 

Use this handy interactive Blackboard Browser Check tool to check if your system is compatible with Blackboard.

3. Software and Resources

You'll probably want to have a word processing software application (such as Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer) installed on your computer. Students can now get Microsoft Office software for free

Use your anti-virus software and keep it updated. There are many good anti-virus and anti-malware programs available, some of which are free.

Your course or instructor may have additional specific software or computer-related requirements.Check the course information Blackboard webpages, course handouts, email communications from your instructor, and the class syllabus. Students may be eligible to purchase some additional software at a discount.

4. Extras

Some instructors add extra content to their courses, often from 3rd party systems beyond the college. For example, your class might be using MyMathLab, SoftChalk, MyLabs, Collaborate, videos, an online textbook publisher platform or other online learning activities.

The technical requirements for those systems might be different than the usual Blackboard settings. Be sure to read and follow recommendations from your instructor or that system.

Information and FAQs about some commonly used video and media

5. Getting Started - Help with Blackboard and FAQs

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