Minimum technical and software requirements

You will need daily access to a computer that has a reliable Internet connection and web access for the duration of your course or program.

A Macintosh or PC system with these minimum requirements:

  • PC: Pentium III 600 MHz processor or faster, 256 MB RAM or greater (512 MB recommended), Windows XP/ Vista/ Win7.
  • MAC: Intel x86 based processor, 512 MB RAM or greater (1GB recommended), Mac OS-X 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Internet Access
Students must access and use their own Internet account to connect to their online courses. An Internet account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) providing SLIP/PPP connections is required (freenet accounts will not work).

High speed is recommended for the ideal learning experience. Most 56k dial-up connection and Cable or DLS connections will also work, but they may be very slow. If you are on this, be aware that you may have difficulty up your lessons and other content.

Web Browser
A web browser such as Internet Explorer (version 7.0 or higher) or Mozilla Firefox (version 3.0 or higher) is required. In some instances, it may be necessary for some users to upgrade their web browser programs. Technical assistance is available.

All registered Fanshawe students are assigned a FanshaweOnline (FOL) email account that can be accessed within your course or program.

Most courses require word processing and presentation software (for example: Microsoft Office – Word and PowerPoint). Please note: individual courses may have additional technical and/or software requirements.