System Requirements | St. Clair College

System Requirements For Blackboard are listed below:

  • An Internet connection and a valid email address. A high speed Internet connection is recommended.
  • A Web Browser (Mozilla FireFox is recommended) :
    • With Javascript enabled.
    • With Browser Cookies enabled, or with Blackboard added as an exception.
    • If the Web Browser is set to block pop-up windows, it is recommended that Blackboard be added as an exception.
  • Appropriate software applications to access all of the documents that are contained within a Blackboard course. For example, a Blackboard course that contains PowerPoint documents would require that each user enrolled within that course have Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer installed at their deskltop.
  • Web Browser plugins that are recommended, but may not necessarily be required for a particular Blackboard course include:
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Microsoft Windows Media Player
    • Real Networks RealPlayer
    • Shockwave, Flash & Authorware
    • Apple Quick Time
    • Java (version 7 is recommended)

Below are additional system requirement related details directly from Blackboard Inc:

Supported browsers

Blackboard supports five primary browsers for Learn releases. Links to the vendor sites for the browsers are included in this topic.

Run the browser checker to see whether Blackboard Learn supports your browser.

To learn more about Blackboard's general browser support policy as well as information about Javascript, Cookies, and other software, see the Browser Support Policy.

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

* Mobile app versions of these browsers aren't supported at this time, although users may have success using them. The Learn 2016 system theme improves the experience of mobile users in some interfaces. Blackboard App and Blackboard Instructor are supported native apps for mobile and tablet devices that interact with Blackboard Learn 9.1 servers.

** 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 in the following circumstances: 1) with embedded media types that require third-party NPAPI plug-ins for viewing and 2) the multiple-file upload interface located in the Content Collection, although the other multiple-file upload interfaces are supported on these browsers.

Configuration notes

  • The Oracle Advanced Security option is not supported at this time.
  • Server AlwaysOn for SQL Server and RAC configurations for Oracle not officially supported.
  • Only SQL Server 2014 Enterprise and Standard Editions are supported with this release. Microsoft discontinued support for SQL Server 2012 in Q2 2017.
  • Tomcat 8 is supported.
  • BIRT Engine has been¬†updated to v4.5.0
  • Java 7 is not supported.

Tested devices and operating systems

A variety of devices and operating systems were used to test the supported browsers. Support is not limited to these specific operating systems. The desktop browser versions above are supported regardless of the particular device or operating system on which they run.

Operating Systems used in testing Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS 10.8, Mac OS 10.9, Mac OS 10.10, Chrome OS
Chrome OS tested device Chromebook (Chrome browser; features requiring NPAPI plug-ins are not supported)

Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS 14 and 15 are used during accessibility testing of each Blackboard Learn release.

Java and other browser plugins

A handful of features in Blackboard Learn require particular additional software to be installed. Without these, the features themselves do not function. For this release of Learn, the following features have plugin requirements:

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. Oracle has acknowledged some security issues with JRE version 6.

Blackboard Learn does not require any other browser plugins. To learn more about browser plugins, assistive technology, and other supporting software, see the Browser Support Policy.