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To download these software applications, students will need access to a personal computer (Windows or Mac) and an Internet connection. Please note, Chromebooks are not compatible with learning software and should not be used.

Browsers, Applications, and Plugins

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Recommended Web Browsers
LockDown Browser
Browser Plug-ins
Free Word Processing Software
Free Applications

Web Browsers 

Blackboard recommends Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

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:: Google Chrome

Highly recommended for the best experience: this browser combines minimal design with new technology designed to improve the user experience.

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:: Mozilla Firefox Browser

The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Faster, safer, and easy to use, Firefox delivers a better Web experience.


  Some courses may require LockDownBrowser (LDB) always review the course syllabus for specific testing requirements.
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:: Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a secure browser for taking quizzes and exams in Blackboard. If your course requires the use of Respondus LockDown browser, you will not able to take a quiz or exam with a standard web browser.

Respondus LockDown Browser should only be used for taking Blackboard quizzes or exams. It should not be used in other areas of Blackboard.

NOTE FOR MAC USERS:  You must have Safari installed on your computer to use Respondus LockDownbrowser.


 Browser Plug-ins 

  Some courses may require browser plug-ins, always review the course syllabus for specific requirements.
Java Runtime

:: Java™ Runtime

Java allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D, just to name a few. Java software for your computer, or the Java Runtime Environment, is also referred to as the Java Runtime, Runtime Environment, Runtime, JRE, Java Virtual Machine, Virtual Machine, Java VM, JVM, VM, Java plug-in, Java plugin, Java add-on or Java download.

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:: Adobe® Flash® Player

Flash Player is a highly expressive cross-platform runtime that works consistently across browsers. Flash Player delivers innovation within the browser

Note: you may want to UNCHECK the "optional offer" boxes, these are not required to run Flash,® and may cause issues within Blackboard. 

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:: Adobe® Shockwave® Player

Over 450 million Internet-enabled desktops have Adobe Shockwave Player installed. These users have access to some of the best content the Web has to offer - including dazzling 3D games and entertainment, interactive product demonstrations, and online learning applications. Shockwave Player displays Web content that has been created using Adobe Director.

Microsoft DirectX

:: Microsoft® DirectX® 

Microsoft® DirectX® End-User Runtime is a group of technologies designed to make Windows-based computers an ideal platform for running and displaying applications rich in multimedia elements such as full-color graphics, video, 3D animation, and rich audio. DirectX includes security and performance updates, along with many new features across all technologies.


optional  APPLICATIONS* 

Free Word Processing Software 

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:: AbiWord

A free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks.

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:: Google Docs

Create and share documents on the web and access them from any computer or smartphone. The familiar desktop feel makes collaborative editing easy.

MS Office 365 Campus Edition

:: Microsoft Office 365

This automatically update-able subscription-based software ensures our students always have the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more for as long as they are a registered student at UT.

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:: APACHE open office

A leading free and open productivity suite software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

Free Applications 

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:: Adobe® Acrobat Reader®

Free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms.

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::  iTunes®

Free software that lets you organize and play music, videos and everything else on your Mac or PC and sync it to all your devices.

QuickTime for MAC

:: QuickTime® PLAYER (MAC)

QuickTime 7 for Windows is no longer supported by Apple. QuickTime is Apple's multiplatform, multimedia technology for handling video, sound, animation, graphics, text, interactivity, and music and supports most major video, audio, and graphics file formats.

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:: Real™ Player

The Real Free Player lets you make stories up to 30 seconds long with basic story customization features with up to 10 tracks of music, plus the ability to download Web videos, convert file formats, trim videos, and burn music CDs. More features are available for purchase.

*Always review the course syllabus for specific software requirements.


Last Updated: 1/31/20