To access online classes through Merced College's Canvas Learning Management System, make sure you have the minimum specifications described below.  Individual instructors may have additional requirements for specific classes. Be sure to check your course syllabus.

Internet Connection

We strongly recommend that students have a reliable internet connection that is fast enough to handle the types of materials you will need to view in class, such as large video files.   You will need a high speed internet connection such as WiFi or DSL with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps. 

Tablets and Mobile Phones

Canvas works well on mobile devices, including Android and iPhones. However, to have the best experience in your online class, we recommend that you have access to a full computer, and not rely only on your mobile device, as some content may not translate well in a mobile browser. 

PC/Mac Requirements

Canvas works with a variety of operating systems for PCs and Macs, as well as some mobile operating systems. Visit the Canvas help page for a list of computer specifications.

Internet Browser

Below are links to browsers for the PC and Mac which may be used with Canvas. You can also check the full list of supported browsers for Canvas here

Browser Downloads PC Mac
Respondus Lockdown Browser (for exams/quizzes) Download Download
FireFox  Download Download
Google Chrome Download Download
Safari N/A Download
Internet Explorer Download N/A

Browser Settings

Your browser must be configured properly as follows:

  • Make sure cookies from third parties are allowed
  • Make sure JavaScript is enabled
  • Disable pop-up blocking

Browser Plug-Ins

At minimum, you will need the following three plug-ins. Check with your instructor for additional technology needs for your class.

Plug-Ins Download (PC/Mac)
Adobe Flash Player - for multimedia recording/streaming, and uploading files for an assignment. Adobe Flash Player
Java - required only for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Java Plug-In

Test your computer

Computer Readiness Test (An online tool by the OEI and California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office)

Software & Supplemental Materials

CollegeBuys.orgWhile Canvas LMS is a browser-based platform, you may need basic software such as an operating system for your PC or Mac, or a word processing program for writing assignments.  As a Merced College student, you have access to discounts on software and hardware with, brought to you by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. 

Remember to review your syllabus and check with your instructor for materials you may be required to purchase for your class, such as textbooks, supplemental programs or access codes.