Required Hardware 

Laptop or desktop computer 

Must be capable of running up-to-date web browsers and applications required for your courses. Older versions of Windows and OSX may not be compatible with essential software and systems. For evaluation of your current hardware or purchase recommendations please contact the WSE IT department.
NOTE: Chromebooks and many tablets will not meet the minimum requirements for our program, a computer capable of running the full desktop version of the operating system is required. 

Audio & visual equipment  

Meeting with your class to conduct office hours or virtual live lectures as well as recording instructional content and other tasks will require an up-to-date webcam, microphone and speakers or headset. The built-in webcam and microphone on many laptops are suitable, and there are a range of additional options available, for recommendations please reach out to the CLDT Multimedia team at [email protected].

Reliable high-speed internet service  

In order to load course materials and conduct meetings, you will need a dedicated internet connection, either by connecting from the JHU campus or your home/office network.  

Required Software 

Web Browser 

An up-to-date version of an approved web browser is required for access to JHU systems as well as the external platforms and tools in use such as Canvas. We recommend using Firefox or Chrome to ensure compatibility with our platforms. 


Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals uses Canvas as the platform for delivering online courses. This platform is also used by instructors to supplement their in-person courses. Canvas is a web-based application capable of supporting teaching and learning, project collaboration, and group interaction. 

Please refer to Canvas’s technical requirements for more specific information. 


Zoom is the video conferencing platform used by the Engineering for Professionals program, your course may conduct real-time, virtual office hours and other meetings via Zoom. Many departmental and institutional events will also be held using Zoom, and we recommend keeping the application up to date. 

For more information on Zoom at EP, please see the Zoom Quick-Start Guide. 

Microsoft Office and Email 

All Johns Hopkins affiliates have access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite which includes Word, Powerpoint, Excel and more for online and local use. For more information on how to access these tools go to or sign in to with your JHED ID and password.  

Your official JHU email address can be accessed through Microsoft Outlook and should be used for all official purposes and communications with students. For more information about email at EP please see this page.

NOTE: You must sign in with your JHED ID in the format [email protected] NOT (example [email protected]). For JHED ID login assistance please contact the IT Help Desk at 410 955-HELP (410-955-4357) 

Course Specific Software 

Many of the applications required for EP courses are available through the my.jh software catalog or the WSE IT software download page, more information is available on this page.  

If you have any questions regarding these technical requirements, please contact us at [email protected].