Technical Requirements and Resources

COVID-19 UPDATE: Do you need a computer in order to take classes in spring term? Fill out our Technology Loan Request Form to be placed on a wait list for available devices. College staff will reach out to you as devices become available.  

General Requirements

Find the most up-to-date technical requirements on the Canvas Guides.

Basic Computer Specifications

For the most trouble-free experience with Canvas and the online tools used at Clark, Mozilla Firefox is recommended.  However, Canvas does support the browsers shown on the site below.

Browser Requirements

Mobile

The Canvas interface has been optimized for desktop displays, so using a mobile device for actual coursework may not work well.  Canvas is not officially supported on mobile browsers.  For an improved experience, there are free Canvas apps for download described on the site linked below, however, it is important to note that the mobile apps do not provide full functionality or the security that you would get with a laptop or desktop computer.  We strongly recommend that whenever possible, you complete any assignment, test, or quiz on a more stable internet connection using a laptop or desktop.

Canvas and Mobile Devices

Useful Links and Downloads

Software

Other than a web browser, the minimum software typically needed in courses is word processing software.  Clark College provides free Office 365 to students while they are actively and currently enrolled in courses of one credit or more. Visit our Microsoft Student Resources page for more information and downloads.

Some courses will require students to have additional software, or to purchase course-specific software or "keys" to access online software.  These are typically listed as textbook requirements and are available through the Clark College Bookstore.

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