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Computer Requirements for Blackboard

Blackboard may run slowly or not at all, if your computer does not have the proper hardware. Prior to using Blackboard on your computer, compare your current system configuration with the system requirements below.

Computer Requirements

Windows

Macintosh

Minimum System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows XP SP 2 
(Home or Professional)

Operating System: OSX 10.2

Processor: 1 GHz

Processor: 1 GHz

RAM: 256 MB

RAM: 256 MB

Recommended System Requirements

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System: Windows Vista (32-bit) 
or Windows 7

Operating System: OSX 10.6

Processor: 2 GHz or higher

Processor: G4 1.25 GHz or higher

RAM: 2 GB

RAM: 2 GB

Hard Drive: 40 GB or larger

Hard Drive: 40 GB or larger

Available Hard Disk Space: 20 GB

Available Hard Disk Space: 20 GB

Internet Connection: High-Speed

Internet Connection: High-Speed

Other: Sound card and speakers

Other: Sound card and speakers

 

Supported Web Browsers
Certified: Fully tested and supported
Compatible: Partially tested but should function properly
Provisional: Future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support
Unsupported: Either impossible or not tested

Microsoft Windows Operating Systems
Internet Explorer 11 Internet Explorer 10 Internet Explorer 9 Internet Explorer 8 Firefox 
(ESR)
Firefox (Final Release Channel) Chrome 
(Stable Channel)
Windows XP
(32-bit)
Unsupported Unsupported Unsupported Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista (32-bit) Unsupported Unsupported Certified Compatible Certified Certified Compatible
Windows Vista (64-bit) Unsupported Unsupported Compatible Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Unsupported Compatible Certified Compatible Certified Certified Certified
Windows 7 (64-bit) Unsupported Certified Certified Compatible Certified Certified Certified
Windows 8 (32-bit) Unsupported Compatible Unsupported Unsupported Certified Certified Certified
Windows 8 (64-bit) Unsupported Certified Unsupported Unsupported Certified Certified Certified

 

Apple Mac OS Operating Systems
  Safari 6.0.3 Safari 6.0.1 Safari 5.1 Safari 5.0 Safari 4.0 Firefox  (ESR) Firefox 3.6 (Final Release Channel) Chrome 
(Stable Channel)
Mac OSX 10.6 Unsupported Unsupported Certified Certified Compatible Certified Certified Certified
Mac OSX 10.7 Certified Certified (10.7.5) Certified Unsupported Unsupported Certified Certified Certified
Mac OSX 10.8 Certified (10.8.3) Certified (10.8.2) Certified Unsupported Unsupported Certified Certified Certified

 


Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS 13 and 14 were used during accessibility testing of 9.1 sp. 13. Internet Explorer 8 and 9 is only supported in Standard Mode.

Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 26.0.x and Firefox 20.0.x were the latest available versions.

If the computer you are using has a compatible browser, you still may be able to use parts of Blackboard 9.1. However, you may experience issues, especially when completing quizzes and tests or using chat and the virtual classroom.

Blackboard 9.1 requires that your Web browser conforms to certain standards. If you have an out-of-date or unsupported browser, you will need to download either a certified version of your current browser or a different browser before attempting to log in to Blackboard 9.1. Blackboard 9.1 requires the latest version of Sun JRE7 (Java).

Note to America Online (AOL) Users:
The AOL browser is not compatible with Blackboard 9.1. However, you can use your AOL Internet connection with one of the Web browsers listed above for your operating system to access Blackboard 9.1.

Browser Configuration
Your browser must be configured properly as follows:

  • JavaScript must be enabled.
  • Cookies must be enabled.
  • Pop-up windows must be enabled or add the address for Blackboard to the list of allowable sites.
  • Add http://blackboard.hancockcollege.edu (Blackboard) to your list of Trusted Sites (Tools >> Internet Options >> Security >> Trusted Sites >> Add). In Firefox go to Options and in Safari go to Preferences.

Browser Plug-ins
At a minimum, you will need three browser plug-ins to use Blackboard: Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and the 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 Java (Windows operating system only):

  1. Adobe Reader
  2. Adobe Flash Player
  3. Adobe Shockwave Player
  4. Apple Quick Time
  5. Java Plug-in
  6. Microsoft Media Player
  7. Free Office converters and viewers
    • Word
    • Powerpoint
    • Excel
    • Open Office
    • Converters allow you to open files created by people using different versions of Office programs.
    • Viewers allow you to open and view files if you do not have Office programs.

Academic Honesty

Honesty and integrity are essential to the academic community. Faculty, students, and staff are expected to be truthful, trustworthy, and fair in all academic endeavors. Students who violate these principles by cheating, plagiarizing, or acting in other academically dishonest ways are subject to disciplinary action.

Below are examples of academically dishonest behaviors.

  • Copying from another student's work without instructor approval
  • Giving answers to another student without instructor approval
  • Using notes, books, or other unauthorized materials during an exam
  • Taking a test for someone else
  • Submitting someone else's work as your own
  • Completing an assignment for another student
  • Using other people's ideas, words, images, or artistic works- from any medium, including the Internet- without acknowledging them with proper documentation

If an instructor determines, after a conference with the student, that the student has been academically dishonest, the instructor at his/her discretion may issue a failing grade on the assignment, fail the student from the course, or take other measures that are reasonable and appropriate. The student may also be subject to further disciplinary action through the vice president of student services. An appeals process is available to the student through the office of the vice president, student services.

TEACH Act Notification

Allan Hancock College complies with federal copyright law. Be aware that some materials used in distance learning courses by college faculty are subject to provisions of copyright law. You are not permitted to download and retain or redistribute these materials. For additional information, please contact your instructor.

Student Help Links

Student Support Services

click on the links below to access services.

If you don't see a service you need, try the Allan Hancock College home page at www.hancockcollege.edu.