Before Your Course Begins, Ensure that You are Tech Ready
Students taking courses at a distance need regular access to a desktop or laptop computer with Internet access. Because your computer is your connection to your courses—essentially the way you “go to class”—you also need to have a backup plan should your primary computer become unavailable. Check the requirements below to ensure that your computer is equipped, and be sure to review the information about protecting your computer on our Tech Support page.
If you are seeking a degree, it may be possible to receive a loan through financial aid for a computer. The Academic Year Revision Request form may be submitted when a student has a specific type of additional or unexpected education-related cost that is not originally included in their cost of attendance. This includes computer costs, transportation, rent/mortgage, child care costs, etc.
|Internet Connection||3Mbit upload minimum (5MBps or higher recommended), 3Mbit download minimum (16MBps or higher recommended)|
|Internet Speed Test||http://wsu-aoi.speedtestcustom.com/|
|Operating System||Windows 10 or MAC OS|
|CPU||Quad core or better 2Ghz or higher (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)|
|System Memory||4GB or more|
|Windows browser requirements||Download the most recent version of Google Chrome or Firefox (free downloads), or use Microsoft Edge.
Note: Please ensure that all popup blockers are configured to accept popups from https://canvas.wsu.edu, or disable them.
|Webcam||720p (recommended) or better (built-in or external)|
|Microphone||Built-in or external (external headset recommended)|
If you aren’t able to access videos or have questions, contact WSU Online Support at 800-222-4978 (select 1 for faculty and technical support), or send an email to email@example.com.