Technical Requirements

Hi. My name is Richard Gorrie and I am the Associate Director of Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph. I'm part of a team ready to make your life in cyberspace just a bit easier. Learning a new subject while learning to use your computer and the World Wide Web can be a little overwhelming. While I might not be able to help you out with your Economics project, I can help to ensure that you know what you need to have in a computer system in order to successfully participate in an online course. That's what this section is all about.

What do I need? What computer system is required to be able to participate in a University of Guelph online course?

You are expected to have an understanding of Internet and email basics. You will be navigating and searching the Internet and corresponding with others in your class using web-based conferencing and email

System Requirements

Online courses will have the following hardware and software requirements:

Component Required Recommended
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Mac OS X (up to 10.10)
(Note that some courses require access to a Windows-compatible computer)
Windows 7
Video A minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 Resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
Peripherals CD/DVD-ROM Drive
Supported Browsers (Windows) Internet Explorer 9.0, 10.0, 11.0 to newest version
Firefox 18 and up to newest version
Supported Browsers (Mac) Safari 5.1.7, 6.0 to newest version
Firefox 18 and up to newest version
Internet Speed 56K modem DSL or Cable modem (high speed)
Java Script Enabled
Cookies Enabled
Software Word processing software