Distance Education Help

Getting Started

If you are taking a Distance Education class, your instructor will use the Desire2Learn(D2L) or Canvas learning management system to deliver some or all of your course materials and/or collect student work online via the Internet. If you have never taken an online course before, please watch the Introduction to Online Learning/Common Myths video to help you be successful in your course.

To prepare your computer for online learning:

  • for Canvas, see this website.
  • for D2L, see the minimum requirements below:

 

 

D2L Minimum Requirements
(as of August 17, 2016)

Operating system

Windows XP,
Windows Vista,
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10 

Mac OS X

Java

JRE 1.6.x

Browser

Windows:
- Chrome
- Firefox 24.0 +
- Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11
- Edge

Mac OS X:
- Chrome
- Safari 5.1 +
- Firefox 17.0 +

Mobile Web

- iOS 8
- iOS 7 (iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5/5C/5S, iPod Touch 4/5, iPad 2/3/4/mini)
- iOS 6 (iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod Touch 4/5, iPad 2/3/4/mini)
- Android 4.0 +
- Blackberry 7 and 10

Tablet

- Android Browser (newest)
- iOS Safari (newest)
- MS Surface Internet Explorer 10
- Playbook Browser (newest)

Javascript

Enabled

Cookies

Enabled