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eOwens - Online Course Requirements


Blackboard 9.1 SP6


Please note: Some web courses have additional technical requirements beyond those listed below. Check the online class schedule for additional course requirements.

Hardware/PlatformMicrosoft® Windows®Apple Macintosh
Operating SystemWindows XP or VistaWindows 7 or higherMac OS 10.5 LeopardMacOS 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher
Processor Speed/Type 1 GHz 2 GHz 2 GHz 2 GHz
CPU Memory 1+ GB RAM 1+ GB RAM 1+ GB RAM 1+ GB RAM
Free Hard Drive Space 15+ GB 16+ GB 9+ GB 10+ GB
Internet (cable, broadband, DSL), and Audio (Sound) and Video Card

Please refer to computer owner's manual or Properties function in your "My Computer" (Right-Click on "My Computer" and left-click on Properties) to check requirement compatibility.

Software Applications

Word Processing Program

eOwens instructors use Microsoft Word. If you do not have Microsoft Word, you need to be able to save your word processing documents in a format that is compatible with MS Word, such as a rich text file (.rtf). The Owens Bookstore offers special student pricing on Microsoft Office.

Helpful links:

Microsoft Download Center

Microsoft Office Viewers & Converters

Browser Requirements

Listed below are the supported operating systems and browsers for use with the Blackboard Academic Suite. The Academic Suite is a Web-based application and other browsers and operating system may work well; however, the listed configurations are the only configurations that are tested and supported by Blackboard.

Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
 Internet Explorer® 9Internet Explorer 8*Firefox (Final Release Channel)Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel)
Windows® XP (32-bit) Unsupported Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista® (32-bit)CertifiedCompatibleCertified CompatibleCompatible
Windows Vista (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified
Windows 7 (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

*Recommended browser by eOwens

Apple® Mac OS® Operating System
 Safari® 5.0Safari 4.0Firefox (Final Release Channel)Firefox 3.6Chrome (Stable Channel)
Mac OSX 10.5 "Leopard®"CompatibleCompatibleCompatibleCompatibleCompatible
Mac OSX 10.6 "Snow Leopard®"CertifiedCompatibleCertifiedCompatible Certified


Certified Fully tested and supported
Compatible Partially tested
Provisional Future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support
Unsupported Either not supported or not tested

Browser Settings

  • Java Enabled
  • JavaScript Enabled Not detected
  • Cookies Enabled

Blackboard requires the Java Virtual Machine Sun JRE 6 from Sun Microsystems. You can obtain this free software from Sun's Java web site. Conduct a browser test for Java to determine what version of the Java VM you currently have on your system.

Browser Plug-ins

Some courses may require you to have one or more of the following plug-in programs:

Adobe®Flash® Player
MicrosoftWindows Media Player
RealNetworks RealPlayer
Sun Java VM

*Please check to make sure you do not already have the plug-ins installed before downloading.

Virus Protection

There are numerous virus protection programs on the market and we strongly suggest you keep an updated virus protection program on your computer.

Pop-Up/Spam Blockers/ Download Accelerators

Pop-up, cookie, and spam blockers and download accelerators may cause you to experience difficulty accessing certain Blackboard resources. If you experience difficulty accessing resources and have one or more of these installed, please contact the appropriate software manufacturer or the IT Help Desk to determine if such software could be the cause of your difficulties.

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