Hardware & Software Recommendations for Online Learning

Blackboard System Compatibility Check

Test Browser button This button will test your browser for Blackboard browser and plug-in compatibility (source: Illinois Central College).

Blackboard System Browser and Operating System Specifications

Recommended Browser

Mozilla Firefox iconFor 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

JavaScript and Cookies must be enabled. See directions below:

Software and Plug-ins

The following free downloads are highly recommended for online learning in the Blackboard environment.


Software Description
Adobe Acrobat Reader icon Adobe Acrobat Reader - allows you to view PDF documents.
Mozilla Firefox icon Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin - allows Windows Media Video to be viewed in Firefox.
Apple QuickTime Player icon Apple QuickTime Player - useful for playing .mov files and other unique formats on Windows.
Flash Player icon Flash Player - enables display of Flash content and interactivity.
Shockwave icon Shockwave - another Adobe product that enables some interactive content.
Java icon Java - enables certain features, such as the visual text editor, to work in Blackboard.


Software Description
flip player icon Flip Player - Free - Plays Windows Media Video (wmv. files) on a Mac.
OpenOffice icon OpenOffice - Free software that opens Word .doc, PowerPoint .ppt and more.
Sliverlight Player icon Silverlight Player - Microsoft media player that play Tegrity recordings on Mac.