Technical Requirements

GCSC Online Technology requirements

important message for chromebook users

There is now a beta version of Respondus LockDown Browser available for use on Chromebooks. Please contact your instructor if you plan to use a Chromebook device for exams and/or quizzes in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).

All online/hybrid courses require access to the Internet. Online students will need to have access to their own computer and a high-speed Internet connection in order to successfully participate in and complete online courses. It is important that you make sure you meet the minimum technology requirements outlined below before registering for an online class.

basic computer skills

To be successful in an online or hybrid course, it is important that you have the following basic computer skills:

  • Navigate the Internet
  • Create, view, and attach documents
  • Use a word-processing program (Microsoft Word)
  • Download additional software (as needed)

supported browsers

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

  • Chrome 86 and 87
  • Edge 86 and 87
  • Firefox 82 and 83
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 13 and 14 (Macintosh only)

computer specifications

For the most reliable performance,  your computer should be capable of supporting the most recent browser versions. It is recommended to use a computer five years old or newer with at least 1GB of RAM.

operating system and internet speed

Your operating system must be able to run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades. It is recommended to have a minimum Internet speed of 512kbps.


*It is important that students have the most current operating systems and browsers installed on their devices in order for any additional software (Zoom, Respondus Lockdown Browser, etc.) to function properly. For assistance, please contact ITS Help at or 850-913-3303.