Winthrop University: Online Learning - System Requirements

Online Learning

System Requirements


Blackboard Learn 

If your computer does not meet the minimum system requirements, Blackboard and other integrated software may not function properly. Prior to using Blackboard on your computer, compare your current system configuration with the minimum recommended system requirements below. Please note that the Linux operating system is not compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser.


Processor
1 GHz or more

Ram
4 GB or more

Hard Drive 
40 GB or more

Hard Drive Space Available
20 GB

Internet Connection

Broadband high-speed Internet access

5 Mbps download speed

Run a speed test to make sure your download speed meets this requirement.

Adapter for Ethernet connection (LAN), or a wireless adapter (Wi-Fi)

Other
Sound card and speakers

Accessibility

Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. The two most recent versions of JAWS are used during accessibility testing.

Additional Software and Hardware

The following software or hardware may be required for specific courses that you are taking, such as courses that require Respondus Lockdown Browser for online tests or participation in meetings via a web conferencing platform. Please note that the Linux operating system is not compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser.

  • Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Windows Media Player (Windows Only), QuickTime (Mac only)

  • Webcam (built-in or standalone)

  • Microphone (built-in, standalone, or headset)


Browser Checker Tool

Run the Blackboard browser checker tool to make sure that your browser has the necessary specifications for using Blackboard.

Browser Configuration

Your browser must be configured properly as follows:

  • Cookies must be enabled.

  • Pop-up windows must be enabled.

Browser Plug-ins

At a minimum, you will need Adobe Reader and JRE 7 or 8 - Java Runtime Environment plug-in. (You may need additional plug-ins if the course you are taking includes multimedia elements.)

To download and install the current versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and the Java plug-in.

    1. Adobe Reader

    2. Get the Java plug-in and also be sure to remove any older versions of the Java plug-in.

Supported Operating Systems and Browsers

Operating System Versions

  • Windows: 10
  • Mac: OS X 10.13 or later

Desktop Browser Versions*

  • Chrome: 87+
  • Firefox: 78+
  • Safari: 13+
  • Edge: 87+

*Blackboard is supported on iOS 12+ for mobile browsers.


Unsupported Technologies

  • The Linux operating system is not compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser.
  • Internet Explorer

For the best performance, please use a certified browser and operating system when using Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. 

Last Updated: 6/22/21