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All online courses have the following technical requirements, in addition to specific requirements listed in the course description: 

  • A computer with broadband internet access and a current web browser.  
  • A headset, speakers, and a microphone, plus common tools such as Zoom, allow interaction with faculty and students. 
  • Students use their own public email addresses. Additional plug-ins may need to be installed to support videos and submission of work, assignments & tests. 


We recommend a minimum of broadband connection (5mbps or faster) to run the Africa Open Learning website or program. To run a speed test, visit speedtest.net.

Computer Hardware & Web Browsers 

  • Devices on Windows 10, MacOS Mojave and above, or iOS 9.0 and above, Android 4.1 and above. 
  • Current supported web browsers, including:  
    • Chrome v80 and above;
    • Firefox Mozilla v54 and above;
    • Microsoft Edge 86 and above
    • Safari v13 and above

Your Browser 

Your internet browser should be configured to: 
  • Enable cookies. 
  • Enable JavaScript.
  • Allow pop-up windows.
  • Allow plug-ins when needed.


Additional software may be needed, and is indicated within the details of each course: 
  • Adobe Reader – other PDF viewers may not be supported. 
  • Blackboard Learning Management System – a repository of class materials.
  • Online e-Proctoring software – online exam by verifying test takers' identities, locking down web browsers and monitoring students’ behaviour remotely throughout the test. You will need:
    • to have a desktop computer or laptop with a camera that is able to be moved to scan the room.
    • A microphone to communicate with the proctor.
    • A stable high-speed internet connection, and a quiet, private room to test in.
    • and your valid government-issued photo ID or passport.
  • Software required by the faculty will be updated for the students during the course registration.