What are the system and network requirements to use Blackboard Learn?
The following is a list of requirements to learn successfully within Concordia University Chicago’s online course environment, Blackboard Learn.  Individual instructors may require additional technology resources for specific courses.

Students are required to have regular and reliable access to a computer with a strong broadband internet connection.



Additional System Requirements:
The latest version of Java
The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader
A current version of an antivirus program (Windows Defender, McAfee, Norton, etc)
A sound card
See list of supported browsers: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support
Browser must accept 3rd party cookies: FAQ 94

Additional Notes and Information:

Please do not rely only on a Chromebook, tablet or cell phone for Blackboard use.  Not all features will work on these devices.  If you are using any of these devices, please be sure you also have access to a Mac or Windows computer for features in classes that may not work on other devices.

Please do not rely only on a work computer.  Many workplaces (especially school districts) have additional restrictions on their network access, which may block you from using some, or all parts of Blackboard Learn.  Blackboard also requires the TLS 1.2 security protocol, which some work computers may not be using.  Be sure you have access to a Mac or Windows computer on a network where you have full control over the settings.

Make sure to keep all web browsers up to date.  CUC recommends having at least two browser installed, as a switch between browsers can resolve many issues.  Please note that Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Blackboard Learn.  Chrome and Firefox are CUC’s recommended browsers for Blackboard Learn.  

While mobile browsers will generally work with Blackboard Learn, it is recommended to download the mobile app to use Blackboard on a mobile device: 

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.android.bbstudent&hl=en_US
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard/id950424861?mt=8

For additional questions on system requirements for Blackboard Learn, please contact the Academic Technologies department at blackboard.team@cuchicago.edu