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Technology and Software Requirements

IMPORTANT: Mozilla Firefox is the recommended browser for Blackboard Learn.

Download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox browser.

  • In Firefox, select Firefox, then About Mozilla Firefox. The version number is located on the Firefox image that appears

Although your Blackboard session may display correctly, you may encounter glitches with certain areas of your course if all the requirements aren't met. You will need to run the browser test on every computer you use to access your Blackboard Learn course.

If you have any red marks appear on your browser test module, click on the box below next to the system requirement you have not met for instructions on how to update your computer:

To enable AJAX, follow the instructions below:

Mozilla Firefox

To enable cookies follow the instructions below:

Mozilla Firefox

To verify that you have java installed, go to http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.jsp and click Verify Installation.

Download the latest java plugin: http://www.java.com/en/

To enable java on your computer:
Mozilla Firefox

Download the latest java plugin: http://www.java.com/en/

Mozilla Firefox
Please keep in mind that upgrading your browser or installing new security software or security patches may affect your JavaScript settings.

Follow these instructions to enable popups:

Mozilla Firefox
To disable popup windows in Firefox, go to the "Tools" menu and select "Options". Click on the check box next to "Block Popup Windows" on the Content tab screen. Click on "Exceptions..." to disable/enable popup windows for a particular web site.

Due to the necessity of technology in Virtual College Courses, you must have a backup plan for using an alternative computer with internet access in case of problems with your personal computer.

If you live in the South Florida area, you may use the computer courtyards located on MDC campuses. If you have a technology problem that affects your ability to access your online course, please notify your instructor immediately.

If you can access other internet sites but cannot access your online course, you need to contact the Virtual College Student Support Center at 305.237.3800 to seek assistance.

If you have no internet access at all, it is not a Virtual College/online course issue. Please be aware that the Virtual College's Student Support Center does not cover problems that you may be experiencing with your computer hardware, installation of software, internet connection, or other technical problems that may require a technician or intervention from your Internet Service Provider.

The following are not supported by ProctorU:

  • Google Chromebooks (supported for G Suite Certification and G Suite Administrator exams)
  • Tablets (Nexus, iPad, Tab, Note, etc.)
  • Linux operating systems
  • Windows 10 S or Surface RT
  • No running inside a virtual machine. You will be asked to reconnect using your host operating system to take your exam.
  • No development previews, beta builds or release candidates of any operating system unless specified.