Technology Requirements and Resources

Boston University’s online courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system. To effectively use Blackboard, users must have a computer with high-speed Internet. Speeds of at least 50 Mbps are recommended, as is a wired connection. Users must also have the most recent versions of both Adobe Flash Player and Mozilla Firefox (free downloads below).  Additionally, users must ensure that their computers meet the requirements set out by Boston University Information Services & Technology (IS&T). To verify that your computer is acceptable, please review the System Requirements provided by IS&T.

In addition to the asynchronous material delivered via Blackboard, many courses will also incorporate synchronous elements via Zoom. To participate fully in Zoom live classrooms, users are required to have Mozilla Firefox, as well as a headset with a microphone, and a webcam. Please note that the minimum computer requirements for Blackboard are not the same as those required by Zoom. To determine if your computer also meets Zoom’s specifications, review the Zoom System Requirements.

Be advised, if your computer does not adhere to the system requirements for both Blackboard and Zoom, you may experience a degradation of content. Blackboard and Zoom may lose tool functionality or not work at all.


System Requirements