Plugins and Software


  • FlashFlash is required for recording audio and video in the Canvas Rich Content Editor. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers may no longer support Flash.
  • Java – The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.
  • JavaScript must be enabled to run Canvas.


  • Adobe Reader is necessary for reading PDF files downloaded from your course. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you may download a free version here.
  • A good text editor for preparing written work. There are many paid and free options but Office 365 is offered for free to students, faculty, and staff:

Your Valencia College provides free access to Microsoft Office 365 applications (like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and a place you can save and store files in Microsoft OneDrive (much like Dropbox or Google Drive).