Technology Requirements & Specifications

Technical Requirements

In order to be able to take an online class, you will need to maintain a minimum level of capacity and flexibility with computer equipment and other technological issues. Minimally, you'll need to be comfortable with these programs:

  • Chrome (proctored tests require Chrome), Mozilla FireFox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari are compatible
  • Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc., or Apple iWork
  • UMC uses Office 365. If you use Google Docs or Apple iWork based apps, you should save any documents you submit in an Office-compatible format (i.e. .docx, .xlsx).
  • Microsoft Office 365 is provided to enrolled students at no cost from and is fully compatible with Windows or Mac OS

These courses assume you already have

  • Equipment - a laptop of desktop computer running Windows or Mac OS, a printer, and Internet access (cable/dsl, cellular, etc.)
  • Software* - Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint software to support file exchange between students enrolled in the course and the instructor. If you need any additional software, it will be stated in the course syllabus.

You will also need

Familiarity with the online part of your course within Canvas. Using Canvas may take time to get used to. Some classes may require the purchase of additional software as outlined in the course syllabi. For more information see the course's respective syllabi.


  • Student questions related to UMC email, Moodle, Internet ID and password issues should be directed to the UMC Computer HelpDesk at 218-281-8000 or
  • University of Minnesota 1-HELP (Technology Help Service Desk) is available by phone, email & chat  (24 hours, 7 days a week) and chat (hours vary).
  • For general computer questions, please contact your local Internet provider or hardware/software vendor.