Calgary Board of Education CBe-learn
2336 53 Ave. S.W., Calgary AB  T3E 1L2 | Grades 7-9, 10-12 Online
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students | technical requirements

students at a computerBelow are the technical requirements for learning online with CBe-learn within the Brightspace (D2L) environment. If you do not meet the requirements below you are not eligible to receive technical support or a course refund.

Supported Requirements


  • a PC, Mac or laptop purchased in the last 5 years
  • speakers or headphones (for sound)
  • a monitor
  • a keyboard and mouse

Note | Students will not be able to complete an online courses on a Smartphone or mobile device (including an iPad or other Tablet device). *See the note at bottom of this page*

Internet Connection Speed

  • High Speed (any type)

Operating System

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS X or higher


  • Microsoft Office Suite (Standard or Student and Teacher Edition)
  • Firewall
  • Virus Protection
  • Spyware Removal Tool

Note | OpenOffice is not supported by CBe-learn or Brightspace (D2L). If you choose to use this word processor you do so at your own risk.

Web Browser

  • Internet Explorer 8 and up
  • Firefox (newest version)
  • Google Chrome (newest version)
  • Safari 4 and up

Note | If you choose not to use one of these browsers you do so at your own risk.

Required Configuration

  • JavaScript must be turned on.
  • Cookies must be enabled.
  • Popups must be allowed.

Required Plugins

*note* | Mobile Devices / SmartPhones / iPads

  • An iPad, iPod, or other tablet or mobile device, are great learning tools and have a wide variety of use and applications. However, they are not adequate for e-learn or any other course online at CBe-learn. Many course content pages will not work or load on an iPad, and students won’t be able to submit assignments or documents using these tools.

  • Students may be able to read some of the content pages, and may even be able to respond to some discussion postings on an iPad (or iPhone, or other mobile device), but won’t have the full functionality required to complete and submit assignments. In order to complete their online course with CBe-learn, students do need access to a computer with a full operating system, and a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word.