Basic Technical Requirements for Hybrid/Digital Courses in the Simmons School

Standard Requirements: 


Operating System

Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or higher; Mac OS X 10.5 or higher recommended


2 GHz or higher


1 GB of RAM

Hard Drive Space

60GB free disk space

Speakers / Sound Card

Required Test here


Required Test here.


Monitor (Capable of at least 1024 x 768 resolution)

Internet Connection

Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required 2Mbps speed or higher. Check your speed at: SpeedTest.

*NOTE: Not all courses require a microphone, but many online and hybrid courses will ask you to use a microphone in order to participate in video conferences.


Browser / LMS

Canvas supported browsers listed here. Students can log into Canvas at: login. Required components:, Flash, Java plug-in, Javascript, Cookies enabled. 

Pop-up browsers configured to permit new windows from SMU. Canvas Mobile App optional.

Microsoft Office

Available through SMU here


Adobe Reader

Available through Adobe.


Kaltura Video for Canvas

Log in via Canvas


Lockdown Browser and Monitor

Download here.

iPad use is optional

Program Specific Components:


Needed for courses that require conferencing and synchronous sessions

Zoom Video Conferencing

Technical requirements to run Zoom here.

Adobe Connect

Technical requirements to participate in sessions run in Adobe Connect here

Hoot Education

Read more about how Hoot works in the cloud and what it needs here.

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