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System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

To access classes and complete coursework using the core features of Blackboard Learn, your system must meet these minimums. Additional hardware specifications, software, or browser plug-ins may be required to complete coursework as assigned by some instructors or programs. You are responsible for checking with your instructors/programs for special technology requirements.

Note: A web cam and microphone is required of all students taking online courses.

Computing Requirements

Operating System: Windows 8 or newer; Mac OS X 10.12 or higher
  • Note: Chromebooks operate with the Chrome OS, which is not supported by Blackboard Learn, although you may experience success with some features. 
  • Note: Although you can perform many tasks in Blackboard Learn on a mobile device (iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or phone), either through a mobile browser or the Blackboard mobile application, not all of Learn’s features support a mobile format. 
RAM: 4 GB or higher
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or higher
Internet Connection: Download speed of at least 1.5 Mbps
  • If you are using a satellite internet provider, you may experience timeouts, IP address issues, session problems, or course mail caused by latency.

Recommended Browsers and Software

  • Google Chrome™, most recent stable version and two preceding versions.
  • Mozilla® Firefox®, most recent stable version and two preceding versions.
  • Apple® Safari® for MacOS and iOS, two most recent major versions.
  • Microsoft® Edge® most recent stable version and two preceding versions.

Run the browser checker to see whether Blackboard Learn supports your browser.

Browser Settings

  • Enable third-party cookies
  • Enable Javascript
  • Disable pop-up blocker


UAFS recommends the following applications for online courses:

  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • VLC Media Player


Blackboard recommends the following screen reader combinations:

  • For Windows OS – Mozilla Firefox with the JAWS screen reader
  • For Mac OS X – Apple Safari with the VoiceOver screen reader