To access online classes through Merced College's Blackboard learning management system, make sure you have the minimum specifications described below.  Individual instructors may have additional requirements for specific classes. Be sure to check your course syllabus.

Internet Connection

We strongly recommend that students have a reliable internet connection that is fast enough to handle the types of materials you will need to view in class, such as large video files.   You will need a high speed internet connection such as a cable modem or DSL with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps. 

Tablets and Mobile Phones

Please do not rely on ONLY a tablet or a smartphone to use Blackboard or Canvas. Not all tablets and smartphones are compatible with Blackboard and Canvas. We recommend you have access to a full computer (PC or Mac) to have the best experience in your online class.

PC/Mac Requirements

Blackboard has been tested to work with a variety of operating systems for the PC and Mac.  See Blackboard's list of verified  operating systems for Windows and Mac with supported browsers.

Canvas also works with a variety of operating systems for PCs and Macs, as well as some mobile operating systems. Visit the Canvas help page for a list of computer specifications.

Internet Browser

Below are links to browsers for the PC and Mac which may be used with Blackboard.  Be sure to view the list of supported browsers for the current release of Blackboard. If your class is being taught using Canvas, please check the list of supported browsers for Canvas. 

Browser Downloads PC Mac
Respondus Lockdown Browser (for exams/quizzes) Download Download
FireFox Download Download
Google Chrome Download Download
Safari N/A Download
Internet Explorer Download N/A

Browser Settings

Your browser must be configured properly as follows:

  • Make sure cookies from third parties are allowed
  • Make sure JavaScript is enabled
  • Disable pop-up blocking

Browser Plug-Ins

At minimum, you will need the following three plug-ins. Check with your instructor for additional technology needs for your class.

Plug-Ins Download (PC/Mac)
Java - Required for Blackboard Verify version & download
Adobe Reader - for PDFs Download
Adobe Flash Player - for Muiltimedia Download

Test your computer

Computer Readiness Test (An online tool by the OEI and California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office)

Software & Supplemental Materials

CollegeBuys.orgWhile Blackboard Learn is a browser-based platform, you may need basic software such as an operating system for your PC or Mac, or a word processing program for writing assignments.  As a Merced College student, you have access to discounts on software and hardware with CollegeBuys.org, brought to you by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. 

Remember to review your syllabus and check with your instructor for materials you may be required to purchase for your class, such as textbooks, supplemental programs or access codes.