Technical Requirements for Online Courses

Taking an online course presents many exciting opportunities, such as learning from the comforts of your home. However, it may also present unique technical challenges. It is the student's responsibility to be technologically capable to take an online course, (i.e. you should be computer literate and Internet experienced). Check to see if you are ready for online learning.

Online courses at Saddleback College use the learning management system, Canvas. For best performance, Canvas should be used on the following browsers (current or first major releases):

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Edge
  • Safari

Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.

Since your course will be accessed through your computer and Internet connection, it is important that you have the proper computer configuration. Outlined below are the basic technical requirements (minimum and recommended) for participation in an online course.

Some online courses will have additional technical requirements - please check the individual course link (see course schedule) or contact the instructor for details.

Minimum Computer Configuration

Plugins: Latest Version of: Adobe Reader, Flash, and Java

Course-specific plug-ins*

Course-specific software*

Course-specific hardware*

* Some courses may have additional technical requirements.

More information on Canvas computer requirements may be found HERE


All students are entitled to download and install Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus on their personal computer. Click the instructions on how to download Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus.

If there are Saddleback-related technical issues (i.e., Canvas, accessing your student accounts), please contact Student Technical Support at (949)582-4363, scstudenthelp@saddleback.edu, or via live chat for assistance. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you with your computer or internet connectivity issues. 

Instructors are responsible for teaching course curriculum - not how to use your home computer.