Online Delivery

Computer Configuration

As most online courses are accessed via the Internet, it is important that graduate students have an appropriate computer configuration. On this page you will find information about technology requirements, delivery tools, and technology support.

A video conferencing technology Zoom is a web-based virtual classroom system, which allows participants to interact synchronously with full two-way audio and the opportunity to use video cameras, instant messaging and a shared, interactive whiteboard. The sessions can also be recorded for listening and viewing at a later time.

Class sessions in Zoom are accessed via the appropriate course in the Online Rooms page of Desire2Learn.

Desire2Learn (D2L) is a robust learning management system, produced by a Canadian company. It is designed to work on any web browser, on any computer operating system. The interface is also optimized for use on mobile devices, and several dedicated applications are available for iOS. Access your D2L through your Student Centre.


University of Calgary Information Technology (IT) provides support for D2L & Zoom users. Email the IT Support Centre at or call 403.220.5555, Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MST.

Contact the GPE distance delivery technology support team at