Computer Minimum Specifications, D2L

Every effort has been made to make Oakton Online courses as technologically accessible to the widest variety of students as possible. The minimum specifications below are for classes that use D2L Brightspace.
Before enrolling in an online course please visit the System Check page; this page will verify your browser version, browser settings and display settings on your computer.

Recommended hardware/software requirements

Students enrolled in online courses have the convenience to access their courses anywhere, anytime. To have a rich learning experience, free of technical issues; it is recommended that online students have access to a computer with the following hardware and software requirements:

Screen Size

  • A minimum of 1024x600

Operating Systems

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 or newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 or latest
  • Linux chrome OS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  • iOS 7 or newer
  • Android 2.3 or latest

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 4 years old or newer
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 2 GHz processor
  • 40 GB of Hard drive

Internet Speed, Software, and Email

  • Broadband, wireless high-speed internet connection such as DSL or cable
  • Have an email account
  • Internet Browser, such as Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome
  • Basic software applications (Microsoft Office). If you don’t want to purchase Microsoft Office, as a student with Oakton email address or any educational institution email address, you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Up-to-date antivirus program

Assistive Technology Software

  • Kurzweil 3000 (for Windows or Mac. Reads the Web for Chrome or Firefox. Has other great features)
  • JAWS (for Windows 7 and newer. Works with the latest versions of Microsoft Office, Google Docs Internet Explorer 11, Edge, Firefox  & Google Chrome)
  • NVDA (for Windows 7 and newer. Supports for latest version of Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft office)
  • VoiceOver (for Mac. Use VoiceOver to read text on Mac. Can be used to edit seamlessly in Grade 2 Braille. It provides greater control while using a Mac)

Recommended Browsers
Note: These are the minimum browser requirements needed for using D2L Brightspace.
For Desktop


Supported Browser Version(s)

Microsoft Edge


Mozilla Firefox


Google Chrome


Apple Safari


For Tablet and Mobile

Tablets and mobile devices such as smart phones should have the latest native browser. Be aware that many features of D2L Brightspace will not function fully or in some cases at all on tablets and mobile devices so students should not expect to be able to complete a D2L Brightspace course without access to a PC or Mac.


Operating System


Supported Browser Version(s)


Android 2.3 version or latest version





iOS 7 or latest version




Latest version for the iOS browser.


Windows 10

Edge, Chrome, Firefox

Latest of all browsers, and Firefox ESR


  • If you are using Safari, you should disable its pop-up blocker when using D2L Brightspace. To disable the pop-up blocker, click Safari in the menu bar and uncheck Block Pop-Up Windows. Failing to disable the pop-up blocker may prevent you from completing some tasks in D2L Brightspace, such as composing discussion board messages. If you continue to have problems try using the Firefox web browser which can be downloaded for free at
  • Ensure that your browser has JavaScript and Cookies enabled.
  • For desktop systems, you must have Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater.