School of Distance Education

Technology Requirements for Distance Education

Blackboard online courses

If your course requires you to use Blackboard, refer to the George Brown College Blackboard Login & Help Getting Started page for the Preferred System Requirements for Blackboard. You can even run the Browser Checker to see immediately if your browser and operating system are supported by the Blackboard Learn system. After you have registered, your department co-ordinator will send you any additional course details by email.

Other online courses

If your course does not require you to use Blackboard, refer to the requirements below. After you have registered, your department co-ordinator will send you any additional course details by email.

  • Hardware: Pentium III computer (1 GHz processor) with 1 GB RAM or greater (2 GB or higher recommended); Internet connection with high speed cable or telephone line
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP (or higher) or Macintosh OS X (or higher); Java Runtime Environment
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2016 or greater; Internet Explorer 6 (or higher); email application (e.g., Outlook)
  • Plug-ins: 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-in required by a particular page. You will most likely be prompted to download one of these plug-ins in areas of your course where they will be required.
    • 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)

If not specified in the course title or description, check with the required department to find out if your course can be run on a Macintosh computer.

DVD-based distance courses

  • Hardware: Computer (3 GHz processor or greater); 2 to 3 GB RAM (higher amounts required for advanced CADD courses); 2 GB hard disk space (higher amounts required for CADD software installation); DVD drive; 16-bit sound card; speakers or headphones; Internet connection (high speed cable or telephone line recommended)
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP (or higher) or Macintosh OS X (or higher)
  • Software: Internet Explorer 7 (or higher); email application (e.g., Outlook); specific Autodesk software (CADD courses only); VMware Fusion/Parallels Desktop/Boot Camp (CADD courses only if using a Macintosh)
  • Plug-ins: 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-in required by a particular page. You will most likely be prompted to download one of these plug-ins in areas of your course where they will be required.
    • Windows Media Player 9 series or better (for video and audio)

For more information on technical requirements for computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) courses, refer to the System Requirements for AutoCAD page on the Autodesk website. Requirements will be specific to the version of AutoCAD you are using.

For more information, contact the department co-ordinator for your course. Contact information can be found on the course web page.