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Tech Requirements

Given the video and audio components for online courses, sufficient bandwidth is a crucial requirement for course functionality. Factors that have a direct impact on online course performance due to bandwidth include, but are not limited to: type of course in use, internal networking infrastructure and simultaneous use and home network capacity. The minimum bandwidth requirements are:

  • School: 20Mbps (50-100 Mbps recommended) download speed, 3Mbps upload speed

  • Home User: 3Mbps (5Mbps recommended) download speed, 512 kbps upload speed

A free bandwidth test is available at www.bandwidthplace.com to assess your computer’s download and upload speeds.

  • D2L recommends using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater as a fall back for Video and Audio Capture for browsers and devices that cannot load or run the HTML 5 player.
  • Ensure that your browser has JavaScript and Cookies enabled.

Desktop
Internet Explorer 11
Mozilla Firefox latest release (including a 12-week overlap with the previous version)
Google Chrome latest release
Apple Safari latest release
 
Tablet/Mobile
Android (5+) - Chrome  (latest release)
iOS -  latest major version of iOS and previous major version

  • Safari  - latest release
  • Chrome - latest release

Windows 10

  • Edge - latest release
  • Chrome - latest release
  • Firefox - latest release

Technology Specific Courses
Introduction to Game Design - uses Construct 3 which is browser based.  It runs in the browser and automatically updates to the latest version. Construct 3 can run on Windows, Macs and Linux machines as well as Chromebooks and Android devices.   If a student wishes to load it locally (i.e. won't have access to the internet and wishes to work on their course, then they would need to use Construct 2 and the following:  
  • Windows XP or newer
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • HTML5 compatible browser (Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Opera)
  • Updated graphics card
  • Screen resolution of 1024×600
Web Design - must be on a device/OS that can allow for multiple file folder structures, allow export to .zip files, download and extract .zip files, allow installation of BlueGriffon (PC or Mac).
 
Computer Programming - uses the Python programming software and it is housed directly in the course. To achieve the best user experience, it is suggested that students access the Python software and its activities on a laptop or desktop, or use an external keyboard with mobile devices.  
      Supported OS:
  • Windows 10
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • macOS Sierra (10.12)
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13)
  • macOS Mojave (10.14)