D2L Requirements

Students and faculty using D2L need a reliable Windows or Macintosh computer that meets the specifications below. Lesser configurations may allow you log in, but you may experience problems as you work through your course. Since most instructors do not extend deadlines for technical problems related to a student’s computer, it is important to check your computer before class begins.


  • Windows 10 or 11
    Note: Microsoft support for Windows 7, 8, Vista, and XP has ended, and it is no longer supported by D2L or SCC.
  • Microsoft Edge (current version), Firefox (current version), or Google Chrome (current version)
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Microphone or webcam (required for many courses)


  • OS X 10.14 (Mojave) or higher
  • Current version of Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Microphone or webcam (required for many courses)

Detailed compatibility list (new window)

Is there anything else I need to install?

Optional (install if required by your course)

When downloading some of these programs, you may be offered extra software such as toolbars and software trials. We recommend that you decline these. In most cases, you will need to uncheck this option. If additional software is required for a course, your instructor will inform you of it.

Will I need Microsoft Office?

Many online courses contain files in Microsoft Office format or assignments that must be completed using Microsoft Office.  SCC students can download Microsoft Office for free through their Office 365 portal.  The video below will show you how.

Microsoft Office is also available on computers in the SCC library and computer labs. Please check the course syllabus for specific software requirements.

Smartphones and tablets

Many D2L course functions can be accessed from smartphones and tablets using iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Keep in mind that some online course content and Internet links used may not be compatible, and it is not possible to upload assignments or take tests using these devices. Students must have access to a Windows or Macintosh desktop or laptop computer to successfully complete online courses.

Access Codes and Textbook Websites:

Some courses require students to enter a single-use access code to use a website or other materials provided by the publisher. These codes are included with new books, but may require an extra payment for used textbooks. Instructors using a publisher website (MyMathlab, SAM, CourseMate, etc.) instead of or in addition to D2L will provide students with information about the initial log-in procedures. Please check the technical support information in your textbook or on that website to ensure that your computers is compatible.