Technology Requirements for Distance Education Students

To participate in any distance education course you will need to travel to a campus computer lab, or you need to have access to your own computer and Internet Service Provider. High-speed access is recommended, as you may have some files or online programs that will not work well on a dial-up connection. Technology requirements are subject to change. Consult your course syllabus for specific requirements needed for each course.

Students have full access to the campus computer labs. See the lab hours & locations.

If you are using a personal device, you must be able to meet the specifications listed below.  Students have access to free anti-viral software and may download the latest Microsoft Office Suite. IT staff can assist you in connecting to and troubleshooting problems with your personal device and the Fort Lewis network. Find out more about bringing your own device.

Computer Specifications

Supported Web Browsers

Mobile Apps (optional)

Additional Software & Plug-ins

Web-conferencing & Media Recording

  • USB, Built-in, iSight or Firewire Webcam
  • Headphones with microphone
  • All faculty and students have an FLC Zoom account
  Macintosh Windows
Hardware 

Recommended

  • Intel Quad Core CPU or faster processor
  • 8GB or greater of RAM

Minimum**

  • Intel Dual Core CPU or faster processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 10 GB free hard drive space 

Recommended

  • Intel or AMD Quad Core CPU 3GHz processor (or equivalent)
  • 8GB or greater of RAM
  • 1GB or greater of VRAM

Minimum**

  • Intel or AMD Dual Core CPU or faster processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 10 GB free hard drive space
 

** See course requirements or course instructor

** See course requirements or course instructor

     
Web-conferencing & Media Recording
  • Per course Requirements
  • USB or Build-in Webcam
  • Headphones with microphone 
  • Per course Requirements
  • USB or Built-in Webcam
  • Headphones with microphone
   
Web Browsers See Canvas Browser Support

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating "Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas." If you have upgraded your browser but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies. Click here for help with clearing your cache.

   
Internet Connectivity At least 1.5 mbps connectivity speed (10 mbps recommended for video services)
   
Operating Systems Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, & Android or any other device with a modern web browser.
   
Mobile Apps (optional) We recommend trying the Canvas Mobile Apps for iOS or Android devices.
   
Additional Software & Plug-ins