Technical Requirements for Online Learning

Seneca is offering a hybrid delivery model for courses during the winter 2021 term with learning activities in-person and online. The following checklists outline the technical requirements for all students starting and continuing at Seneca:

Hardware checklist  

  • a computer that runs on Windows 10 or the latest Mac OSX and has up to date virus protection software
  • Windows 10 ARM64 devices are not recommended as they will not allow you to install AppsAnywhere, GlobalProtect, VPN, MyApps or use Virtual Commons and other virtual machine apps
  • high-speed broadband access (Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. Some programs or courses require more advanced systems. Please refer to the program information page for information on specialized requirements
  • headphones or speaker and a microphone for in-class conversations and meetings with your professors
  • a webcam (may be required for specific courses)
  • individual courses may have additional hardware requirements

DELL Partnership

Seneca is partnering with Dell Canada on a purchasing program that provides students and employees with a 25 per cent discount on select Dell laptop models. Each model meets Seneca’s technology requirements for online learning.

Use the online portal to purchase a Dell laptop through this program.

Software checklist

  • a web browser, such as Safari, Firefox, MS Edge, Google Chrome. Please note: You may need to upgrade your web browser to access online learning tools
  • various applications are available to all full-time Seneca students, including Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Suite, and Trend Micro
  • Adobe Creative Suite includes a number of applications such as Spark, Rush, Premier, Photoshop and more
  • online teaching tools, including Blackboard Collaborate, MS Teams and BigBlueButton  
  • individual courses may have additional software requirements for playing audio or video or other applications. You can also review the list of applications made available for home use on a Windows-based machine
    Note: Some applications may require you to install Student VPN to access licensed software


Mobile Devices and Mobile Apps

  • mobile devices may allow for some participation in your course(s), however they present limitations and we cannot guarantee your device will meet all your coursework needs


Helpful sites to bookmark:

  • – access your Seneca email account
  • Learn@Seneca – Seneca’s learning management system and intranet portal