What Browser Plug-ins do I need for Blackboard Learn?

These plugins may not be compatible for Smartphone or Mobile devices.

Do I need Windows Media Player for Blackboard Learn?

Windows Media Player is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. Windows media player uses wmv, wma and asf file formats.

Many of the videos posted on Blackboard can be in one of these formats. Therefore, it's important that you make sure you have Windows Media Player installed on your computer.

NOTE: MAC computers cannot install WIndows Media Player.  This player, and the file formats associated with it, are MS Windows only.  Those using MAC computers need to find an alternate player for use with wmv, wma and asf file formats.

Windows Media Player can be found on this Microsoft page.

Do I need Flash Player for Blackboard Learn?

Adobe Flash Player is free software from the Adobe company that is used in many web pages to display animation, video and/ or audio. The most current version of the Flash player is the best choice. Many Blackboard courses include materials that use the Flash player. Follow the instructions on the Adobe Flash Player download page to download or upgrade your Flash Player.

You can download Flash from this Adobe page.

Note: Some audio and video files are unsupported on both iOS and Android devices. For example, Apple does not support Flash and Java file formats, and some Android devices do not support Flash.

Do I need Real Player for Blackboard Learn?

RealNetworks in September 2013 launched RealPlayer Cloud, a service that adds the ability to share videos recorded on smartphones and tablets. RealPlayer Cloud ties into the existing RealPlayer, however it also has a web app and apps for Android, iOS and Roku.

Some Blackboard courses use video or audio that can be played with Real Player. Download the newest version from this Real Player page.

Do I need Quicktime for Blackboard Learn?

Quicktime is a multimedia technology by Apple for handling video, sound, animation, graphics, text, interactivity, and music. As a cross-platform technology, QuickTime can deliver content on Mac OS and Windows computers.

Install an up-to-date QuickTime Player so that you can view QuickTime movies.


Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader software is for viewing, printing, signing, and commenting on PDF documents.  Download the free copy from this Adobe page.

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