System requirements

Before you can start using Learnline, you'll need to ensure your computer has the correct system requirements.

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Recommended hardware

A recent model desktop computer or laptop with the following:

  • At least 4GB RAM, higher for optimal performance
  • At least 1GB of free disk space
  • At least 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Sound card and speakers.
  • Headphones and microphone (A combined USB or Bluetooth headphone/microphone will produce better quality than a built-in microphone when participating in online classroom discussions)

Internet connection

High speed broadband connection recommended.

Operating systems

Technologies not supported

  • Window XP
  • Windows, Mac OS, and Linux system NOT running a supported browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge version 41 and lower
  • Firefox versions 50 and lower on desktop; all Firefox versions on mobile devices
  • Safari versions 10 and lower

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Check your browser configuration

Use the link below to check that your browser is configured to use Learnline.

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Recommended browser

Firefox or Chrome are the preferred browsers for Learnline on Windows or Mac, combined with versions 7 or 8 of Java Runtime Environment (JRE). We recommend installing both browsers.

Get the recommended browsers here:

Blackboard's Browser Support Policy has detailed information about supported browsers, as well as javascript, cookies, and other plugins and software..

You may also wish to review the specific VoiceThread Browser requirements.

Unsupported browsers

  • Internet Explorer
  • Edge version 41 and lower
  • Firefox version 50 and lower on desktop; all Firefox versions on mobile devices
  • Safari version 10 and lower

Java and other browser plug-ins


Some Learnline features require additional software to operate.

The following features have plugin requirements:

  • Multiple file uploads in Unit Files and the Content Collection requires the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) from Oracle enabled as a browser plugin.

JRE version 7 or 8 are recommended. There are known security issues with JRE version 6.

Mac OS X users should review the Java on Mac OS X information to ensure they are using compatible browsers and Java versions.

Other plug-ins and Software

Some units may require additional plug-ins or software, such as Respondus Lockdown Browser. Refer to the information provided within the unit in these cases.

You may also want to review the system requirement of Collaborate Online Classroom

Assistive software and accessibility

For the best Blackboard Learn experience with your screen reader, use Firefox and Jaws on a Windows system. On a Mac use Safari and VoiceOver.

To learn more about assistive technologies, visit Accessibility at Blackboard or Accessibility for Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience.

New students: Learnline student orientation

If this is your first time studying at CDU as a HE student, and you have checked that your system meets all the requirements, you may wish to try Learnline.

CDU has created a Learnline Student Orientation site that will help you to prepare for your first semester studying. In the site you will find information about using Learnline, demonstrations of key tools and features and activities to help you track your progress. The Learnline Student Orientation site is designed to resemble, as closely as possible, actual Learnline sites that you will use during your study. Gaining practical experience navigating around Learnline prior to your first semester will give you a great platform for success.

You can access this site on the Units page after you login to Learnline.

Orientation screen