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Resources for Online Students

If you take online classes at Harrison College and have questions, we are here to make sure you find the answers you seek.

You will have access to many resources, such as the student support center, meant to assist you as an online student. You can contact your instructor, and you also have the support of the Harrison College Online Staff who are available to assist you when you call 866.775.5935.

If you need assistance at Harrison, help is just a click or a phone call away.

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Technical Requirements for Online Classes

Many Harrison College courses include instructional resources and learning objects available only via the Internet, made available through the learning management system (Canvas). These digital resources support student mastery of course objectives in traditional on-ground, blended or fully online courses. A student may be required to complete and submit assignments based upon these digital resources. Completion of final exams through Canvas may be required in selected courses.

Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum hardware and software requirements outlined in this section, including web browser requirements.

Computers are available for student use on campuses. Please consult your dean or librarian for information regarding campus computer availability.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 1 GHz Processor.
  • 2 GB RAM.
  • CD-ROM; DVD Drive recommended.
  • Operating System Choices: Microsoft® Windows® 7 or 8.1 or MAC OS/X 10.6.
  • 50 GB of available hard-disk space.
  • Java Runtime.
  • Adobe Flash.
  • Broadband Internet access.
  • Webcam that is supported by your operating system.

Minimum Hardware Requirements for School of Information Technology Students

  • Intel© or AMD Equivalent Processor running at 1.6 GHz or faster.
  • 4 GB of RAM.
  • Hard Drive: 500GB minimum.
  • Graphics Card with 256 MB graphics memory capable of handling the current version of DirectX and Open GL.
  • Monitor capable of a minimum 1024x768 display.
  • Operating System Choices: Microsoft® Windows® 7 or 8.1 or higher for Windows based PCs; MAC OSX 10.8 or higher for Macintosh based machines.
  • Broadband Internet access.
  • Webcam that is supported by your operating system.
  • Students must check the course syllabus for the potential use of virtual machines and for the minimum software requirements for that specific course.

Minimum Software Requirements

     1. Microsoft® Office® 2010 or higher. (Office 365 (Office 2013) is available for all Harrison students)

  • Please note:
    • Microsoft® Word® 2010 or higher should be used for all written assignments sent as attachments to instructors within the course private email.
    • Some courses that heavily rely upon Microsoft® Office® software such as Excel may require version 2013. See syllabus for requirements.

     2. Some courses may require loading software that accompanies the textbook and some may require use of additional supplemental software as outlined in the syllabus. All associated costs for these potential requirements are included in the program fees for each course.


Harrison College offers Canvas, where learners are able to experience a personal, responsive and attentive learning environment that includes:

  1. Full access to instruction and learning objects for their courses
  2. Access to phone, chat, and email support 24 hour per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year
  3. Access to course grades, and their course and campus calendar
  4. A virtual campus community where they can receive announcements, and connect with fellow campus students and Harrison support personnel (My Campus course)

Web Browser Requirements

Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release. It is highly recommend to update to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in.

  • Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Chrome 43 and 44 (New versions of Chrome are periodically released throughout the year. Canvas supports the last two versions released)
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox 38 and 39 (Extended Releases are not supported) (New versions of Firefox are periodically released throughout the year. Canvas supports the last two versions released)
  • Flash 17 and 18 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

Canvas on Mobile Devices

The Canvas interface was optimized for desktop displays, so using small form factors such as phones may not be a pleasant experience in using Canvas. Canvas is not officially supported on mobile browsers. We recommend using Canvas mobile applications for an improved user experience.

Since Canvas uses small elements of Flash, not all Canvas features may be supported on mobile devices, especially on iOS.