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Find up-to-date information and resources at Classes available this fall in three formats: hybrid, which includes some on-campus instruction, scheduled remote, and flexible online. Explore class offerings, or register today for fall at

HCC Main Campus
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
Gateway Business Training Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia MD, 21046
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Technical Requirements for eLearning

Hardware Requirements

To have the best potential for success online learners need to have specific computer hardware in order access course materials, interact with classmates and the instructor as well as create and submit required assessments. Computer hardware requirements are:

1. Operating System

  • Windows 8.1 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.13 and newer
  • ChromeOS – Cannot be used for online test taking.

2. Mobile Operating System

  • iOS 13 and newer
  • Android 7.0 and newer

3. Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer no older than 5 years when possible
  • 4 GB of RAM, 8 GB is preferred
  • Dual core Intel i3, i5, i7 or AMD Ryzen CPU
  • 128 GB Harddrive, Solid State Disk (SSD) is preferred

For more information on computer requirements see Online Learning Technical Recommendations

4. Screen Resolution

Canvas is best viewed at a minimum of 1024 x 600.

5. Internet Capability

Though Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments many of the multimedia resources your instructor will use require high-speed/high-bandwidth Internet access.
A minimum of 512 Kbps is need for Canvas, Online courses using video conferencing require 1.0 Mbps up and down. You can check your internet speed at MLab

Software Requirements

1. Web Browser

Many applications that HCC students interact with work on a variety of browsers. However, the most stable browsers (especially for Canvas) are:

Ensure that JavaScript is enabled in any browser being used to access Canvas.

2. Browser Plugins

3. Productivity Applications

4. Screen Readers (if applicable)

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Firefox)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
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