Minimum Technology Requirements

This page provides the recommended minimum technology requirements in order for students to remotely access and utilize Michener’s core* online learning tools, student Self-Service and productivity software.

*Core online learning tools and services currently include:

  • Blackboard (Michener’s Learning Management System)
  • Online collaborative/webinar platforms (e.g. Blackboard Collaborate and GoToMeeting)
  • Self-Service (Admissions, Registration, Health Requirements)
  • Microsoft Office Suite of Applications (productivity software available free to Michener Students)

Note: Some programs may require additional technology requirements to support discipline specific activities/course work.

Minimum Technical Requirements

Michener has identified the following minimum technical requirements for students to be able to access core online learning tools and services (Note: These specifications are current at the time of publication and will be updated as required.)

Requirement Windows-based PC Apple Mac/macOS-based PC
Operating System1

Windows 10

Versions*: 1809, 1903, 1909

macOS

Versions*: 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina)

Web Browser Firefox or Google Chrome Firefox or Google Chrome
Processor Intel Core i5 based model or AMD Equivalent Intel Core i5 based model
RAM/Memory 4 GB 4 GB
Storage 5 GB of available space 5 GB of available space
Screen Resolution 1600 x 900 1600 x 900
Connectivity Ethernet or WiFi; available USB port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories Ethernet or WiFi; available USB port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories

* We recommend “currently supported” versions of Windows 10 and macOS

1Michener does NOT recommend the use of Chromebooks, tablet devices or smartphones as an alternative to either a Windows-based or macOS-based PC. Chromebooks, tablet devices or smartphones do not currently support the full functionality of Michener’s core online learning tools or services.

To check that your version of Window 10 is supported, please visit: https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

Apple does not have an official lifecycle document, but they typically support the most recent three macOS versions with security updates. The latest Apple security and software updates can be found at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222

Recommended Accessories

Speakers, Microphone or Headphones, Video Camera (webcam)

Many Michener courses will have synchronous (live) online lectures, tutorials, meetings and other activities. While many PCs are equipped with embedded speakers and a microphone, using a headphone with an attached microphone is recommended as it offers improved sound quality and reduces the capture of unwanted background noise. It should be noted that while most laptop PCs are equipped with an embedded video camera (webcam), some laptop PCs and most desktop PCs may require a separate compatible USB video camera (webcam).

Scanner or Camera

Students may be required to provide a visual record of physical work completed or to produce images in support of course activities. A compatible scanner or camera maybe needed. However, a mobile device equipped with a camera maybe sufficient.

Internet Connectivity

High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) with a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps is strongly recommended. It is also recommended that students use a wired connection (ethernet) to their home router rather than WiFi connectivity as it is more reliable.

If broadband connectivity is not available, tethering to a mobile device such as smartphone with a strong signal and a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps is an option, although not recommended. Internet connectivity through a tethered mobile device will likely not be sufficient for online video collaboration due to network latency and the unreliable nature of cellular access.

Data Plan Allowances

Participation in online learning activities may cause you to exceed your monthly data plan limit and could result in significant costs due to overage charges. It is highly recommended that students subscribe to an unlimited data plan if it is available from their internet service provider.

Support

If you have any questions about Michener’s technology requirements, please email your questions to helpdesk@michener.ca