Technical Requirements

There are a variety of resources on campus that can help with your technical questions and concerns. Use the following descriptions to guide your help request. 

Recommended Student Computer Configuration

Students need particular hardware and software to successfully participate in our online programs. The sections below list minimum computer hardware, software, and computer skills. Please note that these are minimum requirements, and that our online courses will work more effectively with higher capabilities.

Additional technical requirements and information are available from ResNet, D2L Services, and RamCloud.

Computer Part Specs
Operating System Windows 10 or MacOS Catalina
Processor Industry Standard Intel or AMD processor
Memory 8GB or more
Hard Drive 500GB or more
Browser D2L Services recommends Firefox or Chrome for use in the Brightspace by D2L Learning Management System.
Software Microsoft Office 365 is available for free to all WCU students.
Microphone/Speakers Microphone and speakers are required for all Distance Education courses. While internal microphone and speakers may be sufficient, headphones with an attached microphone are also recommended.
Webcam May be required by certain courses. In many cases, an internal webcam will suffice. 

Equipment Rentals During Remote Learning

IS&T has devices (laptops, webcams, hotspots) available to loan, free of charge, during remote instruction. Request a device to be shipped to your remote location, for free, by filling out a request ticket with Resnet's ServiceNow portal


Technical Assistance with Digital Tools

The Helpdesk is the first point of contact for troubleshooting and assistance with using digital tools. They will connect you with the relevant support.

Student Guides

For third party tools that are supported campus-wide, the Office of Distance Education has created a series of guides and tutorials to get you started. Click on the appropriate tool below to access the training resources:

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