A computer purchased in the last 5 years will more than likely be just fine. Specifically, you will need a CPU 2.0 GHZ or greater and RAM 2 GB or greater.
PC: Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1
Mac: OS 10.7 or greater
Internet Explorer 9.0 or greater
Firefox: 28.0 or greater (stable release channel)
Firefox: 24.0 or greater
(extended release channel)
Chrome: 34.0 or greater
Safari: 6.0 or greater (Mac version only)
Both PC and Mac users should install Firefox and/or Chrome in addition to their default browser. This ensures that all users have two Blackboard compatible browsers to provide an alternative option, should a technical issue arise.
Later versions of Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (Mac) are Blackboard supported, but it is our recommendation to use Firefox or Chrome for a better user experience.
Broadband Internet is recommended.
All documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc., that are uploaded to Blackboard need to be saved in MS Office format (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx extensions). Office 2007 or newer is recommended.