Technical Requirements for Online Learning
Canvas Technical Requirements
This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas. It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions and better internet connections. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times.
Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.
A minimum of 800x600. That is the average size of a netbook. You probably won't want to view Canvas on a smaller screen than that.
Windows XP SP3 and newer
Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
Linux - chromeOS
Mobile Operating System Native App Support
iOS apps require version 11 or later
Android apps require version 5.0 or later .All Android and iOS both support the two most recent versions of their respective operating systems.
Computer Speed and Processor
Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
1GB of RAM
Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
Minimum of 512k
The latest versions of JAWS and VoiceOver
Notice* Canvas recommends a minimum bandwidth of 512K which is basic DSL. Dial-up internet access is longer a viable option for online learners
Which browsers does Canvas support?
Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, & Android or any other device with a modern web browser.
If you are interested in minimums here they are:
Internet Explorer 8
Flash 9 (if you want to use the audio/video recording or viewing feature, the Chat feature or upload files)
But rather than focusing on minimums, we highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up to date Flash plug-in.
Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing, chat, and uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas.
The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.
The Canvas UI was optimized for desktop displays, small form factors such as phones may not be as pleasant to use Canvas with. We recommend trying out our Mobile App (instructure.com/mobile) if you are on an iPhone or have an iPad.
There are only 2 hard requirements:
No IE 6 or 7, they're just too old to be able to do do the interactive things Canvas does.