Scroll Top
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Technology Requirements for Online/Hybrid Courses

Online technology requirements does not have to be a complicated list of high end and expensive services and devices. If at home you’re already able to stream Netflix while someone else is looking at YouTube or on a Zoom Call, then chances are you’re probably almost well equipped for online learning.

At the core of it, all online classes require high-speed Internet access. A webcam and a headset or microphone on your device is recommended and sometimes may be required.

Listed below are the minimum requirements from both a proficiency and technology perspective for a stress free online experience.


You should be proficient in the following:

  • basic computer skills
  • sending/receiving email
  • sending and receiving attachments via email
  • using a web browser
  • finding resources through search engines
  • downloading and installing software
  • familiarity with using browser plug-ins (e.g. PDF reader, video, audio)
  • using a word processing, presentation software, or other productivity applications
  • familiarity with online word processing tools such as Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides
  • experience/familiarity with a variety of file formats such as: .pdf “Portable Document Format”, .rtf “Rich Text Format”, .doc or .docx “Microsoft Word Document”, and .txt “Text document”




  • PC or Mac that is at most 3 years old
    • 8GB RAM
    • 128Gb Hard Drive
  • Monitor
  • Speakers
  • Microphone
  • Headset
  • Webcam
  • Additional Hardware may be Required depending on the class / teacher needs

Tablets are good consumer devices i.e. if you are simply joining a video call and may only need to speak or show video. If you are creating content, i.e. need to do SBAs, assignments in MS Word etc, a device with a large screen, mouse and keyboard is recommend. 


  • Windows 8.1 or Above
  • Mac OS 10.14 or Above
  • Productivity Suite e.g. Microsoft Office / O365 or Google Productivity Suite
  • Krisp Noise Cancellation Software

Internet Connection 

  • High speed Broadband Internet Connection is Required
    • Test your Internet speed using, for an accurate speed test representative of your connection
      • Recommended Internet speeds:
        • Ping response is less than 100ms
        • Download speed is at least 10Mbps
        • Upload speed is at least 2Mbps
  • Please consider the following while participating in online/hybrid courses:
    • Using a shared Internet connection will impact connectivity, such as additional household members use of streaming TV, gaming, and other Internet usage.
    • Wireless connections may be impacted by the distance from the router and interference from microwaves and other electronics. (Wired connections are recommended.)
    • Your Internet Service Provider’s performance may vary throughout the day based on community usage.


  • The most recent release of Chrome or Safari is Recommended

Related Posts