Preparing Your Computer for Blackboard

Recent releases of Internet Explorer (specifically versions 10 & 11) have not been working well with Blackboard. We strongly recommend that you use Firefox, Chrome or Safari with Blackboard, especially when taking online quizzes and exams. If you don't have Firefox or Chrome here is a link where you can go to download and install them:

This site downloads the browsers and does not add any extra toolbars or search engines to your computer.

We also recommend that you do NOT use mobile devices (i.e., smart phones or tablets) to take exams in Blackboard. To avoid any technology glitches during exams we recommend you use a laptop or desktop computer that is hard wired to a high speed internet connection or network.

Click here to run the Browser Checker for Blackboard 9.1

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is a web-based learning environment that enables instructors to enhance on-campus learning and/or deliver distance learning by bringing their course materials, class discussions, assignments, and assessments (tests/quizzes) to the web. If you are enrolled in a Web-delivered course, Blackboard will be the primary tool you use to engage in online learning. Students enrolled in a Distance Education course that uses the interactive television equipment may or may not use Blackboard.

How do I login to Blackboard?

The URL for Blackboard is (Please note: There’s no “www” in this address.) You will be asked to provide a username and a password to view your Blackboard courses. In order to log on to Blackboard the first time you must reset your password. Your username and password is the same as your SRSU email username and password. Here are instructions for resetting your password.

Setting Up your Computer for Blackboard

Browser Plug-ins

Here are links to the most popular browser plug-ins. Check with your instructor on which ones (if any) you will need for your course.

Office 365

SRSU is happy to announce that a full suite of Office 365 applications are now available for download by active students, staff and faculty.
Go to: Sul Ross Office 365 to login.

What is Office 365?

Office 365 is a subscription based version of Microsoft's Office Suite of applications. You can download the MS Office 365 suite on up to 5 computers, either PC or a Mac. The version offered through SRSU includes a downloadable version of the following

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • OneNote

With SRSU Office 365 Online you’ll get up to 6 GB of cloud-based storage along with extra applications and collaborative features, so you have the power and flexibility to get things done from virtually anywhere.