What are the technical requirements for my computer in order to use Quercus?

 

Below are the basic system and browser requirements to use Quercus. Quercus is the University of Toronto’s name for our Learning Management Engine. The Learning Management Engine is also referred to as Canvas by Instructure.

Quercus should ideally be accessed from a laptop or desktop computer. Canvas does have an app that can be downloaded onto mobile devices and tablets, but the app is not the full version of the platform and cannot be used to access webinars. While much can be done with Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, they are not guaranteed to support all course related software requirements. Whenever possible, we advise accessing the web-based version of Quercus from a supported browser.

Internet Speed

Quercus has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments, but the minimum internet speed is 512kbps

 

Minimum Computing Requirements

Windows-Based PC

Operating System: Windows 10 

Web Browser: Firefox or Google Chrome 79.0 or newer

Processor: Intel Core i5 based model

RAM/Memory: 4 GB

Storage: 5 GB of available space

Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768   

Connectivity: Ethernet or WiFi; available USB port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories

 

Apple Mac/macOS

Operating System: macOS X

Web Browser: Firefox or Google Chrome 79.0 or newer

Processor: Intel Core i5 based model

RAM/Memory: 4 GB

Storage: 5 GB of available space

Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768

Connectivity: Ethernet or WiFi; available USB port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories

 

A Note on Supported Browsers:

Quercus is optimized for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox versions as per above. The system does not support the following browsers:  Internet Explorer; Microsoft Edge; Safari. There are known issues with these browsers and SCS strongly advises against using them to access Quercus.

 

Recommended Accessories

Online and Hybrid courses will have synchronous (live) online meetings using the Bb Collaborate webinar software. While many computers are equipped with a camera, speakers, and a microphone, using headphones with an attached microphone and a webcam for these sessions is recommended. To find out more information about the technical requirements for Bb Collaborate, please follow this link: https://help.learn.utoronto.ca/hc/en-us/articles/115004057628-What-are-the-technical-requirements-for-my-computer-in-order-to-use-Blackboard-Collaborate-

 

If you have any questions about Quercus, please contact our Learning Innovation Support Team

via elearning@utoronto.ca  or 416-978-3880 (Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm ET).

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