Technology requirements vary depending on the type of course. Requirements for each course type are outlined below. Although some courses do not specify a particular type of technology, many courses now include a web-based component to enhance instruction.

Computer Specifications 

Minimum Hardware Specifications

  • Use a computer no more than four years old when possible
  • 2GB of RAM or higher
  • 2GHz processor or higher

Minimum Operating System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 or newer
  • Linux - ChromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  • iOS 7 or newer (versions vary by device)
  • Android 4.2 or newer

Internet Connection Requirements 

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512kbps 

Supported Browsers for Canvas 

Canvas operates on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser, and supports the last two versions of every browser release.

For best results, your browser and Flash plug-in should be up-to-date.

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating "Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas." If you have upgraded your browser and are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies. For instructions on clearing your cache and deleting browser cookies, visit our help guide for Mac or PC.

For more information on browser compatibility, please visit Canvas Guides

Required Components 

Flash is required for several Canvas functions. 

  • Media recording/streaming and viewing
  • uploading files to a course or assignment. 

The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. 

PHSC Email

All PHSC students have a PHSC Mail account provided by Microsoft Office 365. Students must use the Canvas email tool to communicate their instructor on course related issues.

Instructions for Online Courses 

On the first day of class:

  • Open your Internet browser and go to PHSC’s website.
  • Click on the myPHSC login link on the upper right of each page.
  • Follow the login instructions on that page.

If you have questions regarding your myPHSC login, please contact the Help Desk by phone at 727-816-3311 or by email at