Technical Requirements

Dutton Institute Course Technical Requirements
Operating System Windows 7/10
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Processor 2 GHz or higher
Memory (RAM) 4 Gb
Hard Drive Space 60 GB free disk space

Canvas supports the last two versions of every major browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in.

To determine if your browser is supported, please review the list of Canvas Supported Browsers.

Note: Cookies, Java, and JavaScript must be enabled.
Pop-up blockers should be configured to permit new windows from Penn State websites.

Due to nonstandard handling of CSS, JavaScript and caching, older versions of Internet Explorer (such as IE 8 or earlier) do not work with our courses.


Adobe Reader, Flash Player (v18.0 or later) [Download from Adobe]

Additional Software Microsoft Office (2010 or later)
Internet Connection Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required
Printer Access to graphics-capable printer
Sound Card, Microphone, and Speakers Required
Monitor Monitor (Capable of at least 1024 x 768 resolution)
PLEASE NOTE: Some courses also use the following items to support same-time (synchronous) communication. Technical support for these products will be available only through the instructor, not the Outreach Help Desk. We can only fully support the WebCam and headset/microphone mentioned below, as those are the makes/models that our faculty use. If you have your own hardware and are comfortable using it, you may continue to do so.
WebCam A webcam, such as the Logitech C920s (approx. $70)
Headset/Microphone A USB headset/microphone, such as the H390 (approx. $40)
USB Computer must be USB-capable (USB 2 is recommended)