Technology Requirements

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

  • access to an email account for essential communications for your course.
  • speakers or headphones to hear instructors during live meetings, and a microphone to participate—a webcam is required. 

Minimum requirements


  • Computer running one of the following operating systems:
    • Window 7 or newer
    • Mac OSX 10.10 or newer
    • Access only to a mobile device will not be suitable for fully participating in Duke Summer Session Online. 
  • 1 GB RAM available
  • 2 GHz or faster processor


  • Consistently reliable internet with at least 2k kbps available bandwidth
  • Chrome browser, latest two versions, with cookies enabled

Other requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player (version 11.2 or higher)—both are free to download
  • Reliable access to Google and the Google domain. 

Technical assistance

If you encounter difficulties with accessing you course, live meetings, online resources, or other technical materials, please contact

If you are having difficulty with hardware or with software unrelated to your course, you will need to seek technical assistance from the computer or software manufacturer.