Setting Up Your Computer to Access Online Courses

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is a sophisticated interactive web application with some specific technical requirements:

  • A supported web browser
  • The latest Java plugin

SkillPort

SkillPort is the CSU Systemwide Professional Development online training tool for delivering online course content that requires the following:

  • A supported web browser
  • The latest Java plugin

A full list of requirements and mor information on SkillPort can be found here.

Browsers

Blackboard supports several browsers for use with Learn. IT Support Services supports a few of these browsers:

  • On a PC running Windows XP, Vista, or 7 you should use Firefox 3.6 or higher or Internet Explorer 8.0 or above with all Windows Updates.
  • On a Macintosh running OS X you should use Firefox 3.6 or higher or Safari 5.0 or higher.
  • Please check the vendor website for the latest information on supported operating systems and browsers.

Java

Java is a free plug-in which allows Blackboard Learn and SkillPort to add interactivity and other functions to the online learning experience. Java Version 5.0 or higher is required to access the online course content. We recommend you download a new version if you experience any problems. More information on Java can be found here.