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Blackboard Learn

What is Blackboard Learn?
Blackboard Learn is a user-friendly e-learning tool designed to enhance student-instructor and student-students communication by providing a centralized area to access classes and class information.

For our online students, online course provide a special freedom. Students will be able to log on any time, day or night and get exactly the same information as the on-campus students. If the course is streamed onto the Internet, students may watch lectures at a time most convenient for them by connecting to the stream from the Blackboard Learn course homepage.

Blackboard Learn features for Instructors and Students

  • Centralized and dedicated site for course, with easy access from ISU homepage
  • Personalized Blackboard Learn account with course and news listings, calendars and email capability
  • Ability to post syllabus, lectures notes, class schedule, homework, Labs or anything else in one location
  • Link to Streaming Media Lectures
  • Tracking and managing capabilities of students, TA’s and presentation groups with survey and student data collecting capabilities
  • Multiple, dedicated chat rooms for communication between students, and between instructors and students as well as a live class chat option for students watching the streaming media lectures
  • Manageability and maintenance options

System Requirements

To determine if your browser is properly configured, once you log into Blackboard at, perform the browser test below.

  • Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing.
  • Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Sun JRE 6. The JRE can be downloaded from  JRE 7 is not supported.
  • The following technologies are not supported:
    • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7
    • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5
    • Safari 2.0, 3.x  (or any version on Windows)
    • Mac OSX 10.4 “Tiger”
    • Java 5
  • Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior).
  • Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle.  At the time of testing, Chrome 16.0 and Firefox 9.0 were the latest available versions.  Since then, new stable versions may have been released and widely adopted.  Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.

 Microsoft® Windows®

Explorer® 9
Explorer 8 
(Final Release Channel) 
Firefox 3.6 
(Stable Channel) 
 Windows® XP (32-bit)


Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
 Windows Vista® (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
 Windows Vista (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
 Windows 7 (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified
 Windows 7 (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible


 Apple® Mac OS® Safari® 5.1

Safari 5.0 Safari 4.0 Firefox
(Final Release Channel)
Firefox 3.6
 Mac OSX
 10.5 “Leopard®”


Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
 Mac OSX
 10.6 “Snow Leopard®”
Compatible Certified Compatible Certified Compatible
 Mac OSX
 10.7 “Lion®”



Compatible Compatible

Certified: fully tested and supported.
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly.
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested.

Blackboard Learn Student F.A.Q.

Blackboard Learn Instructor F.A.Q.