To participate effectively in our distance learning courses, you must have full access to a reliable computer that is connected to the Internet. You will require full permission to use, change configurations, and install programs on the computer you will be using for the duration of the course.

You should also have a basic understanding of your computer and a basic understanding of browsers and the Microsoft Office applications.  Although nothing replaces a good, paid, computer course, a good site that offers free training is http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computers.

Computer Requirements:
Your computer hardware and software should meet or exceed the following requirements:

Computer Requirements
 Windows
 Macintosh
Operating SystemRecommended: Windows 8 or higher
Recommended: 
Mac OS X or higher
(please see Known Issues)
ProcessorRecommended: Pentium IV - 1.3 GHz (or better)Recommended: G3/G4 
(or better
Memory (RAM) Recommended: 1 GB 
(or better)
Recommended: 1 GB 
(or better
Internet Browser

Recommended: Chrome or Firefox (latest version)

Minimum: Firefox v23, Chrome v30, Internet Explorer v10, Safari v6

Recommended: Chrome or Firefox 
(latest version)

Minimum: Firefox v16, Chrome v32, Safari v6

Office Suite

Required: 
Microsoft Office 2007 or higher.
(Need MS Office?)

Required: 
Microsoft Office 2007 or higher 
(Need 
MS Office?)

AntivirusSee Top Antivirus for WindowsSee Top Antivirus for Mac
Internet ServiceRecommended: 
DSL, Cable, or Satellite
 
(the faster the better)
Recommended: 
DSL, Cable, or Satellite
 
(the faster the better
E-Mail CapabilityAccess to e-mail through an e-mail program or web-based e-mail systemAccess to e-mail through an e-mail program or web-based e-mail system 
Recommended Hardware when in residence
  • Network Cable (not required but useful, 10-20ft)
  • Small Portable Printer (helpful, but not necessary)
  • USB Memory Key (4gb or more)
  • No Routers please
  • Network Cable (not required but useful, 10-20ft)
  • VGA adaptor to allow your MAC to connect to the classroom projectors
  • Small Portable Printer (helpful, but not necessary)
  • USB Memory Key (4gb or more)
  • No Routers please
Other*
  • cloud storage location can help keep things organised.  Many services available.  Dropbox is our favourite (2gb free)
  • A good computer headset is recommended. Most built in speakers and microphone that come with computers do not properly filter background noise. Many courses will use software to allow you to participate in a class discuss or presentation.  
  • cloud storage location can help keep things organised.  Many services available.  Dropbox is our favorite (2gb free).  iCloud for Mac can be useful as well
  • A good computer headset is recommended. Most built in speakers and microphone that come with computers do not properly filter background noise.  Many courses will use software to allow you to participate in a class discuss or presentation.  
Mobile Devices*
  • (Although tablets have made great leaps in the past few years, tablets still have limitations that may make using it as your only connection to Royal Roads difficult.  Using some of the apps below will assist you in access Royal Roads resources however we still recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for the bulk of your RRU studies.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact us by telephone and we would be pleased to discuss this with you)
  • For the latest list of Moodle apps that work with our version of Moodle v3.3, please visit here.
  • Dropbox app (free, iOSAndroid) allows you to open files stored in your Dropbox folder
  • Mail+ for Outlook ($5.99, iOS) is a nice app for accessing your RRU email if you want to keep it separate
  • (Microsoft Outlook for IOS is restricted and cannot be used to access RRU email)
  • iCab Mobile ($1.99, iOS) another iPad app recommended by a student for accessing Moodle.  Works with Dropbox.
  • Blackboard Collaborate Mobile (free, iOSAndroid) app can be used to connect to any Collaborate session created with version 12 (new default for Collaborate sessions as of October 1, 2012)
  • Microsoft Office for Mobile (free, iOS, Android) apps provide full functionality with Microsoft Office 365 account

*RRU does not endorse nor support the 3rd party applications listed above.  The apps and software listed above are suggestions only and should be used at your own discretion.

Please Note:  Some courses may have additional and/or alternate computer requirements.  Please check with the academic department for your program.  If you will be accessing your course through your employer's network, please check with your work's IT department to verify computer and network access.