Computing Recommendations

Posted: April 9, 1:00 p.m.

To successfully participate in remote learning opportunities and courses, we recommend students have access to a computer, peripherals (e.g. printer, scanner), and an internet connection that can support the tools and technologies the University uses to deliver content, engage with students, and facilitate assessment and examinations both on and off of our campuses.

We have developed the following minimum technology recommendations to effectively participate in remote learning and assessments.

Cameron Library

Cameron Library computer facilities are currently accessible for students. Users must bring their ONECard and abide by capacity, physical distancing, and other applicable preventative measures. Be sure to check library hours before you visit.

Current minimum computing recommendations

Students should have access to:

  • A computer which can run a currently supported version of Windows or MacOS
    • Windows (Version 8, 8.1, or 10)
    • Mac (Version 10.13 or higher)
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 256 GB hard drive
  • Wired or wireless network adapter
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers (or headphones/earbuds)
  • A printer
  • A scanner (or device that can take digital pictures)
  • A screen large enough to easily view documents and videos
  • The ability to access productivity software such as Google Apps or Microsoft Office

Please note: 

For UWS wireless access while on University campuses, a wireless adapter that supports 802.11ac is recommended.

Courses or faculties may have further specific requirements to support the learning objectives. In such cases, faculties or instructors will inform students directly. You may also check on your Faculty website to see if those apply to your course. For example, the Faculty of Engineering and Augustana Campus have further recommended minimum computer requirements.

Internet access recommendations

  • A reliable internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to support watching online videos, taking part in video conferences and taking online exams.
  • Please note: Public WiFi may not be suitable, adequate, or have appropriate security to support remote learning and assessment activities

If you would have difficulty meeting the computing recommendation for your program or course, please email the Dean of Students Office (dosdean@ualberta.ca) directly to explore options and available help.