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Technical Requirements

In preparation for becoming a student in either Stream 1 or Stream 2 of the Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care program, it’s important to be aware of the minimum requirements you will need to have in place to access all course material and participate fully in the online environment.

Below are the online learning systems we utilize at McMaster University.

1.   Avenue to Learn (A2L)

Prior to the start of each semester, you will be given access to your course shells (where all of your course material is housed) for each course you are enrolled in. You can access Avenue to Learn at

You must have a MAC ID and be enrolled in the course in order to access it.

In order to use Avenue to Learn to its full potential, we recommend visiting the following links:

Browser Check

By visiting you will get up to date information on any changes or updates to the system as well as the ability to check your browser requirements.  You should have the most up to date version of Firefox, Chrome or Safari (our recommended browsers)

Information on Pop Up Blockers

For additional information on A2L, please email

2.   Blackboard Collaborate

Some instructors will utilize Blackboard Collaborate for synchronous (leaners and/or instructors are online at the same time interacting with one another in a live environment) learning opportunities.  This web conferencing system creates a virtual classroom.  You will need:

  • microphone (built in to your computer or a headset)
  • camera
  • up to date version of Java installed on your computer (make the words “version of Java” a hyperlink to

For more information as a participant in a Blackboard session, please visit:

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