Technical Requirements for Online Learning

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all courses at MITT. In order to ensure that each student has the tools they need to achieve their goals, all MITT students require access to the following resources, at minimum:

  • off-campus access to a computer with a webcam (minimum requirements below)
  • high speed internet
    • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload - Please check the speed of your internet connection using the CIRA Speed Test
      • Note that a slower internet connection may result in audio and/or video issues, which will hinder your ability to participate in online courses.
      • In evaluating whether your connection will be adequate, please remember that if others are using the same internet connection as you, you may not have sufficient bandwidth to participate in course delivery.

Additional recommendations

Most MITT programs require a Windows based operating system. For specific program requirements check the programs supply list.

We do not recommend the use of Chromebooks, Apple products, or tablet-style devices, as they may not be compatible with the required applications of some courses.

Laptops may be purchased online or through any retail store/outlet, as long as the minimum specifications are met (see below). MITT does not require use of a specific computer brand or model.

It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with a third party vendor in the event of software or hardware issues. All computer maintenance and repairs are the responsibility of the student.

Use of a headset or headphones and a microphone may enhance audio during classes.

Ergonomic mouse and keyboard suitable for extended hours of use daily

Software and Online Applications

In order to participate in online course material, you will need:

Access to a Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome or Edge.

MITT will provide all students with:

  • Web Access to Microsoft Office 365 (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Student email address
  • Access to College resources such as our online learning environment, MyLearning

Additional required software, on a per course basis, may be provided by specific programs. Please refer to your programs supply list for additional requirements.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

As of June 30, 2020 the specifications below meet the requirements for most MITT programs. If you already own a laptop, and it meets the minimum hardware specifications, you do not need to purchase a new machine.

The following Programs have additional requirements that can be found on program supply lists:

  • Network and Computer Technology
  • Software Developer
  • Cyber Defence and Cloud Administration Diploma
  • Network Security Diploma
  • Graphic Print Technician
Component Minimum Recommended Notes
Operating System Windows 8.1 (English Version) Windows 10 Home (English Version) Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista are NOT acceptable
Processor 2.1GHz Intel Core i3 1.9GHz+ Intel Core i5 AMD Dual Core processor is acceptable
Memory 4GB 8GB+ More is better
Storage 500GB (Hard Disk)
120GB (SSD)
750GB+ (Hard Disk)
240GB+ (SSD)
Supplemental external, cloud storage is sufficient
Display 12″ 13″+ 12.5-14″ offers best balance between usability and portability
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n IEEE 802.11ac There are minimal LAN connections so your Wi-Fi component needs to meet the standard
Ports One USB 2
Two USB 2+
HDMI 1.4b
The more ports available, the more options you have
Other Software Antivirus with anti-malware software is strongly recommended

Acceptable Use Policy

Any use of MITT’s information technology infrastructure, including the institutional network, Microsoft 365, online learning, including Wi-Fi, is subject to MITT’s Computer and Telecommunications Usage Policy.

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