Computer Requirements

Hardware/Software Requirements


Minimum Requirements

Operating System (Windows)

Windows 8 or higher

Operating System (Macintosh)

Mac OS X 10.6 or higher


Internet connection
56K, DSL or Cable modem
Broadband connection recommended


Chrome (latest version) 
Firefox (latest version)
Safari (latest version)

Tablet and Mobile Support / Browser* Android 4.4 / Android
iOS 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 / Safari
Windows 8 (for Surface) / Internet Exploror 11

Browser Plug-ins

JavaScript (latest version) required for some Business Courses
Adobe Acrobat Reader 10.1 or higher
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or higher


You must have the ability to check e-mail from your computer

Office Suites (Windows)

Microsoft Office 2013 or higher
At least Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Computer Science courses require versions containing Microsoft Access

Office Suites (Macintosh)

Microsoft Office 2013 or higher
At least Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Computer Science courses require Windows to run Microsoft Access


Monitor capable of 1024 x 768 resolution

Some courses may require a headset with an attached microphone.

Sound card and speakers/headphones

*JavaScript and cookies need to be enabled.

Corporate and Personal Firewalls
Many corporations and individuals have installed firewalls to protect the computers on their networks. Firewalls can serve two purposes:

  1. Prevent unwanted intrusion of the network (e.g., from hackers, viruses)
  2. Control unwanted traffic to unapproved sites

If you are at work and encounter a firewall-related error message or have problems accessing restricted resources, you may need to contact your corporate IT group for assistance.

If you are using your personal computer and have installed and/or activated firewall or security software, you will need to verify the course sites are not blocked and that ports 80 (standard Web port) and 443 (secure sockets port) are open to your Web browser. Information on how to check this should be in the documentation provided with the software involved.

Tablet and Mobile Support

Please note that while tablets and other mobile devices can be used for some tasks in online learning, they are not sufficient for completing all online learning requirements. For some tasks, you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer.

If you need assistance, contact the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center Help Desk at 877.854.3083 or

Visit What's New in the Desire2Learn 10.6 Upgrade or Plateform Requirements for a complete list of all Desire2Learn technical requirements.

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