Technical Requirements

Students taking an online course must have a computer that is capable of connecting to and interacting in a Blackboard online class. In order to use Blackboard effectively, it is recommended that students meet the following technical and proficiency requirements:

Technical requirements


  • A computer that can connect to the Internet by high-speed access (DSL, Cable, FiOS).


  • A laptop or desktop computer running a Windows or Mac operating system.
  • Phones, tablets, and other handheld mobile devices are not currently supported.
  • Chromebooks are not currently supported.
  • Your monitor resolution is set to 1024×768 or higher for best results.
  • A computer that has a 1GHz processor speed with at least 256MB RAM.
  • A sound card, webcam, and speakers (optional).


User proficiencies

Computer and operating system skills

  • Uploading files from a personal computer to the web.
  • Downloading files and saving them to a computer or storage device.
  • Sending and receiving emails.
  • Able to use Microsoft Word and/or Excel in order to complete required course assignments.
  • Able to identify different file formats and their corresponding software applications.

Web browsing skills

  • Ability to use an internet browser.
  • Ability to identify and follow hyperlinks.
  • Ability to enter web addresses (URLs).
  • Ability to complete and submit online forms.

Technical support

If you have questions or concerns about meeting the minimum technical or proficiency requirements listed above, please contact for assistance.