Online Geospatial Education Technology Requirements

Here you will find our guidance on what hardware, software, and network capabilities are required to participate in our online geospatial education programs.

Do I need to purchase any GIS software? Glad you asked! We work with vendors to provide free student licenses for the software packages required in our courses, and make use of Open Source tools in many of our classes as well.

Technology Requirements
Operating System A 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 is required to run ArcGIS Pro 2.x.

Please see the following pages for more details on Esri's desktop software requirements, which provide a good baseline:

ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.x

Click here to review guidance for using Apple computers

Processor Minimum: Hyperthreaded dual core, Recommended: Quad core
Memory 4 GB or higher recommended, 8 GB or higher for courses in the Remote Sensing curriculum, Optimal: 16GB
Hard Drive Space 60 GB free disk space. For courses in the Remote Sensing curriculum, an SSD hard drive is recommended.
Browser We recommend the latest Canvas-supported version of common browsers. To determine if your browser fits this criteria and for advice on downloading a supported version, please refer to the Which browsers does Canvas support? Canvas Guide If you need help contact the World Campus Help Desk
Internet Connection High Speed Broadband (cable, DSL, or satellite) required
Monitor/Video SVGA or better resolution display (1024 X 768, 24-bit graphics). An Open GL-compatible video card required for courses in the Remote Sensing curriculum.
PLEASE NOTE: The following items will be used to support same-time (synchronous) communication in our programs. Most courses do not require same-time communications, but some instructors offer video office hours and MGIS students need a webcam to participate in work related to their Capstone projects.
Webcam Recommended (required for MGIS students)
USB Headset w/ Microphone Recommended (required for MGIS, GEOINT, and Remote Sensing students)

Movies and Videos

We may have YouTube video material in some of the courses. Chances are pretty good that you already use a Web browser that is configured to view YouTube videos, but to be safe, here is a "test" file that you should try out now to make sure you won't have problems later in the course. If this video runs smoothly for you, then you're ready to go. If you can't get the video to play on your computer, then please refer to the steps at the bottom of this page to troubleshoot your problem.

Mixed Content

This site is considered a secure web site which means that your connection is encrypted. We do however occasionally link to content that isn't necessarily encrypted. This is called mixed content. By default, mixed content is blocked in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. This may result in a blank page or a message saying that only secure content is displayed. Follow the directions below to view the mixed content.

  • Firefox
    Click the shield icon to the left of the address bar.
    In the pop-up window, click the down arrow next to "Keep Blocking" and select "Disable Protection on This Page".
  • Chrome
    Click the shield icon to the right of the address bar.
    In the icon dialog box, click "Load anyway".
  • Internet Explorer
    Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click "Show all content".

How do I get help?

Students are always able to the World Campus Helpdesk. Helpdesk staff are available 24/7, and will ask you to describe your problem as specifically as possible:

  • the specific course page, quiz question, etc., you were on, what you attempted to do when that failed, and the exact language of any error message displayed on your screen;
  • the date and time when your problem occurred;
  • any other pertinent information (does the problem happen consistently and always in the same way, etc.).


Please let us know if we can help clarify our technical requirements. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible and connect you directly to the right instructor if your question pertains to a particular course.