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/Platform||Microsoft® Windows®||Apple Macintosh|
|Operating System||Windows XP or Vista||Windows 7 or higher||Mac OS 10.5 Leopard||MacOS 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.
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.
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® 9||Internet 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)||Certified||Compatible||Certified||Compatible||Compatible|
|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® 5.0||Safari 4.0||Firefox (Final Release Channel)||Firefox 3.6||Chrome (Stable Channel)|
|Mac OSX 10.5 "Leopard®"||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Mac OSX 10.6 "Snow Leopard®"||Certified||Compatible||Certified||Compatible||Certified|
|Certified||Fully tested and supported|
|Provisional||Future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support|
|Unsupported||Either not supported or not tested|
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.
Some courses may require you to have one or more of the following plug-in programs:
|Microsoft||Windows Media Player||http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/download-windows-media-player|
*Please check to make sure you do not already have the plug-ins installed before downloading.
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, 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.