Center for eLearning

Technical Requirements

Technical Skills for Online Courses

To be successful while taking online courses, you must be able to:

  • Send and receive email with attachments
  • Download files, programs and plug-ins
  • Install programs and plug-ins
  • Use Internet browsers, word processing applications (Word, Pages or Open Office) and media players to navigate and interact in the Blackboard environment
  • Students are responsible for having access to a machine that is compatible with Blackboard Course tools and CSU course requirements 


For the most trouble-free experience with Blackboard and the online tools used at Cleveland State University, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are recommended. However, Blackboard does support the browsers found in the link below:

Blackboard Browser Support

In addition, use the Browser Settings Guide below to setup your browser to work with Blackboard. You will want to allow cookies, enable JavaScript and the Java plug-in and allow pop-up windows:

Browser Settings Guide for use with Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn App

Welcome to Blackboard's mobile solution that helps students stay informed, up-do-date and connected. This app includes Class Collaborate - a synchronous web conferencing solution for high-quality virtual classes and meetings.

With the Blackboard Learn app, you can:
• Quickly view updates to your courses and content
• Take assignments and tests
• View grades for courses, assignments and tests
• Participate in Class Collaborate sessions on the go

Blackboard is available for FREE on iOS and Android devices.

App Store Link to BB Student App     Google Play Store Link to BB Student App

Commonly Used Programs and Tools

Useful Links and Downloads