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Technical Requirements

GCSC Online Technology requirements

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 102 and 103
  • Edge 102 and 103
  • Firefox 101 and 102 (Extended Releases are not supported*)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 14 and 15 (Macintosh only)

For more information and to verify that the browser you are currently using is up to date, use the browser checker tool.

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 webadmin@gulfcoast.edu or 850-913-3303.

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