General Online Course Requirements

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 select online sessions)
  • Operating system: Currently supported version of Microsoft Windows or Macintosh OS

    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: Specific to your course (as covered in the first class)

    Courses and assignments may use specialized software and have additional operating system requirements. Software access is normally provided, but, if you need additional resources, keep in mind that a free Microsoft Office 365 account and free software through AppsAnywhere are available.

  • Other: Email account

Courses run through Blackboard or OntarioLearn may have additional requirements.

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,