UWSI System Requirements

System Requirements for UWSI Online Courses

Please use the following minimum hardware and software requirements that are necessary to access an online class through UWSI's Blackboard online learning system. Individual instructors may have additional requirements for specific courses. If needed, check your course syllabus and discuss technology needs or challenges with your instructor as early in the course as possible

System/Browser, Plugins and Players Requirements




Operating System

Windows Vista, 7 or 8
Mac OSX 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9

Windows 7, 8 or 10
Mac OSX 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9

Computer should be less than 4 years old.


1 GHz processor

2 GHz or faster processor


512 MB of RAM

2 GB of RAM or higher

Monitor Resolution

1024 x 768

1024 x 768 or higher

Free Hard Disk Space

5 GB of free disk space

20 GB or higher of free space

Internet Connection

Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps.

Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher

Internet Browser

Google Chrome or Firefox
(Safari or Internet Explorer are
not recommended.)

Google Chrome


Java is required to use Blackboard. Download Java. 
Visit Java's support page for information about troubleshooting Java.



Students are required to have regular, reliable access to a computer with a stable broadband Internet connection. Computer must have access to a microphone (headsets work well) and a camera, if possible. Any system older than 4 years may not have the processing power to work with the current version of Blackboad and it components.

If your computer is publicly accessed (like in a library) you may be prohibited from downloading files or software.

Mobile Devices: For mobile devices, please visit the Blackboard Mobile App webpage to download the app for Android and Apple mobile devices.

Additional Support, Links and Information (printable)

Additional System Requirements - Instructors

  • Consistent hard wired (if possible), high speed, broadband internet connection
  • Camera
  • Headset with microphone
  • Latest version of Chrome (recommended) or FireFox

Recommended Browser Plugins and Players:

  • Adobe Reader (PDF Viewer)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft Viewers (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Windows Media Player
  • RealPlayer
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Sun Java

Recommended Browser Configurations

  • Enable Javascript for your browser
  • Enable Cookies for your browser
  • Enaple Popup Windows for your browser