Western Online Technical Requirements

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Technical Requirements

To ensure you have the necessary technology to participate in this online course, it is very important that you read this document. Make sure you have the minimum requirements and the following free plug-ins installed on your computer in order to take full advantage of this course.

Minimum Browser Requirements

You will need a desktop or laptop computer capable of running the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. Tablet and mobile support is available on Android 4 (using the Android Browser), Apple iOS 6, 7, 8 (using Safari), and Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 (using Internet Explorer version 11) Your computer may also need audio capability via speakers or a headset for this online course. You also need a microphone and a webcam installed in your computer.

Internet and Browser Requirements

Before you access your course, a system check is available https://community.desire2learn.com/d2l/systemCheck. This tool will check your current browser and identify any changes that may be required.

Free Plug-Ins for Readers and Viewers

Some web pages in this course may require the use of free plug-in software. Please click here to access links to free downloads for plug-in software.


Required Software
  • Microsoft Word is required for some of the Assignments in this course.

Technical Support

If you have questions or need assistance in configuring your browser, pop-up blockers, or downloading plug-ins, please contact:
University Technology (UTECH) Support Center - 309-298-2704