Technical Requirements for Webinars and Workshops

Workshops & Webinars

Blackboard Collaborate is the web conferencing system we use to meet together online at the same time. It allows us to communicate, see the same things at the same time, and record everything for future reference. To successfully participate in our Blackboard Collaborate sessions, you will want to check the system requirements, read the Getting Started guide, and then join your session. These steps will help you have a more positive experience!

STEP 1 – Check System Requirements
Make sure that your system is compatible to use Collaborate with the Ultra experience. Please see specific list of system requirements for the Ultra experience.

  • Collaborate with the Ultra experience supports Windows and Mac PCs, Google Chromebook and Microsoft Surface Pro devices
  • For the best experience, use the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox.
    • For the best Blackboard Collaborate experience with your screen reader, use Firefox® and Jaws on a Windows®system. On a Mac® use Safari® and VoiceOver.
  • It is highly recommended to use a wired internet connection, instead of wireless, to prevent lag and improve download speed.

STEP 2 – Getting Started
Whether you are looking for a quick tip on a specific feature or detailed product documentation, Blackboard Collaborate is committed to providing comprehensive, on-demand resources to meet your learning needs. Start here with the basics to find the information you need.

STEP 3 – View the Support Portal
Additional information is also available through the Support Portal. If the question you are looking for is not answered, you can always submit a ticket to the Support team through this portal.


OLC uses an open-source LMS called Moodle for the asynchronous component of workshops. Moodle provides a flexible and user-friendly set of asynchronous collaboration and learning tools. As with most open-source technologies, the Moodle software is free, making it a very cost-effective software package for any institution or company, without sacrificing quality. Moodle is a robust environment that is dynamic, interactive, and provides cross-platform learner access through a standard web browser. System Requirements: Moodle will work in any modern web browser, however, moodle works best in a range of specific browser types (see below).

Recommended Browsers

Recent versions of: Internet Explorer (v7 or later)
Firefox (all versions)
Mozilla (v1.7 or later)

Other Browsers (these will work, but they may not support the WYSIWYG HTML editor)

Any versions of: Opera (v9 or later)
Safari (v3 or later)