Hardware & Software Recommendations for Online Learning
Blackboard System Compatibility Check
This button will test your browser for Blackboard browser and plug-in compatibility (source: Illinois Central College).
Blackboard System Browser and Operating System Specifications
For online learning in Blackboard, we recommend using the latest version of Mozilla Firefox for all computers and operating systems.
Computer Hardware/Internet Connection
Most Windows (PC) and Macintosh computers and operating systems (WinXP, Vista, Windows7, Mac OS 10+) are compatible with Blackboard. If you are able to connect to the Internet with your computer, you should be able to access YC's Blackboard system; however, a newer, faster computer and a broadband Internet connection can make your online experience easier.
Recommended Browser Settings
Software and Plug-ins
The following free downloads are highly recommended for online learning in the Blackboard environment.
||Flip Player - Free - Plays Windows Media Video (wmv. files) on a Mac.
||OpenOffice - Free software that opens Word .doc, PowerPoint .ppt and more.
||Silverlight Player - Microsoft media player that play Tegrity recordings on Mac.