General Online Course Requirements

If your course does not require you to use Blackboard and is not an OntarioLearn course, the basic requirements are as follows:

  • Hardware: Computer with 8 GB RAM or greater; 6 GB hard disk space; speakers or headphones; high-speed Internet connection (50 Mbps or greater); camera and microphone (for teacher-led online sessions)
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 (32‑bit) or higher or Macintosh OS X or higher

Courses and assignments may use specialized software available only to a Windows environment. If it is not specified in the course title or description, check with the department co-ordinator to find out if the course/software can be run natively on the Macintosh operating system. If the course/software cannot be run natively on a Macintosh, you must choose to set up a Windows environment on your Macintosh environment – such as through Apple's Boot Camp Assistant, Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox or another option – and you must be comfortable using this new environment before starting the course.)

  • Software: Microsoft Office 2013 or higher; Internet Explorer 10 or higher; email application (e.g., Outlook) and account

Courses and assignments may use specialized software and have additional operating system requirements.

  • Other: Some courses use browser plug-ins, which are small programs that enable you to view interactive items on your web pages. This means you may need one or more of the plug-ins below. Browsers will generally automatically download any plug-ins required by a particular page. You may be prompted to download one or more of the following plugs-in if your course requires it. If you already have the plug-in(s) required by your courses installed, ensure that you have the latest version.
    • Windows Media Player (for video and audio)
    • RealPlayer (for video and audio)
    • QuickTime (for QuickTime video)
    • Adobe Flash Player (for animation and interactive content used in interactive quizzes, animations, and activities)
    • Adobe Reader (for viewing/navigating/printing PDF files across all major computing platforms)

For more information, contact the department co-ordinator for your course. Contact information can be found on the course web page. (You can get to the course web page quickly by adding the course code to the end of our website URL – for example,