Technology Requirements for Online Classes

Basic Technology Requirements

If you register for online, hybrid online, or virtual courses at SUSCC, you MUST have access to the necessary technology for accessing Canvas course materials and completing activities.  You are responsible for accessing a compatible computer and Internet connection for completing coursework.

Since Southern Union uses a Learning Management System (LMS) called Canvas to deliver online courses, it is essential that your computer meet the basic specifications needed to access and use Canvas.  Note: Chromebooks and computers running in Windows S mode are not compatible with the testing software used in online courses.

Note: In addition to these technology requirements, online students must also possess certain Technical Skills to be successful in an online class.

Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low-bandwidth environments. It is recommended to have a minimum Internet speed of 512kbps.

However, technologies used in individual courses vary.  See the course syllabus or contact your instructor for additional technology requirements. A strong internet connection is vital when using test proctoring software to avoid disconnections.

  • Why does Internet speed matter?

    • Many online courses use videos. Viewing is only possible if a certain amount of data is transferred to your computer in a timely manner. The speed that the data can be sent to you is called your "Internet speed." 

Note: WiFi connections are available for use in most areas on our campuses. You may connect to the student WiFi without a password. 

How can I determine my current Internet speed?