Global Online Technical Requirements

In order to attend classes online, you will need a high speed internet connection and modern computer. Our online courses are delivered over a system called Desire2Learn Brightspace. Please run their system check on your computer. 

Minimum System Requirements for D2L Brightspace

In order to make the most of your online learning experience, there are several technical requirements you will need to fulfill. Refer to the guidelines below to help ensure your online success:

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows capable of running the latest version of the following browsers:
    • Firefox, Chrome, Edge
    • Note: Internet Explorer is not supported
    • It is recommended that you use Windows 10+, however the minimum would be the current version of Windows 8.1. Microsoft no longer supports versions of Windows below 8.0. 
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • High speed internet connection (example: Cable / FiOS)
  • Working soundcard and speakers/headphones
  • Java and cookies enabled in your browser
  • The ability to install software on your computer

Macintosh (note: Macintosh is not an option for CIS majors)

  • macOS that is capable of running the latest version of the following browsers:
    • Firefox, Chrome, Safari
    • It is recommended that you use the latest version of macOS (currently 10.14 “Mojave”), however the minimum would be an up-to-date version of 10.12 “Sierra”. Versions of macOS older than Sierra are no longer supported by Apple.  
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • High speed internet connection (example: Cable / FiOS)
  • Working soundcard and speakers/headphones
  • Java and cookies enabled in your browser
  • The ability to install software on your computer

 Some professors may require you to download additional software to complete course work.

Verification of Student Identity Policy

Recommended Language for the UCC Prototype Syllabus

System Requirements for course syllabi:

  • Windows: 10, 8.1 (Windows 10 is recommended)
  • Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher (Current macOS version is recommended)
  • iOS: 10.0+ (iPad only). (Current iOS version is recommended)
  • Administrative privileges (Required to installed hardware/software)
  • Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
  • A broadband internet connection

Note 1:  Respondus Monitor will not work on Chromebooks and most mobile devices. It only works on Windows and Mac computers including laptops that are not in "S" or "Tablet" mode. iPads may be used only if specifically enabled by your instructor. All computers need to be running the latest OS and LockDown Browser. LockDown Browser must only be downloaded through a quiz prompt inside Cal U's D2L Brightspace.

Note 2:  Students enrolled in an online degree program, may receive a one-time increase to their financial aid cost of attendance to assist with the purchase of a computer.  The student must purchase the computer and provide a signed copy of the purchase receipt before the cost of attendance increase will be made.  The increase will be for the exact amount of purchase price.  The cost of attendance increase does not indicate an increase in financial aid.  It can allow the student to borrow more resources to assist with the computer purchase.

Can you use your mobile device to access your courses?

  • iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices can access mobile, limited versions of your online courses.
  • While the D2L Brightspace system is compatible with Android 5+, Windows 10, and iOS, not all content and tools within your online course will be accessible via your mobile device.
  • iPhones, iPads, Droid phones and tablets, etc. do not meet the minimum technical requirements for your online course.

For more information about Global Online, contact the Global Online Office at 724-938-5958 or toll-free at 1-866-595-6348 or e-mail us at calugo@calu.edu.