Computer Requirements

Computer Requirements for Online Study

It is strongly recommended that you have access to a computer capable of running Mac OS X, Linux, Chrome OS, or Microsoft Windows operating system with the latest version of the Google Chrome web browser installed. It is possible to use a tablet device exclusively as your primary device for producing and consuming online content, but for most Education students we recommend a traditional laptop. Your chosen device must be able to read and write in the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word DOC and DOCX files
  • Microsoft PowerPoint PPT and PPTX files
  • PDF formatted files
  • JPEG and PNG image files

Email

The University will provide all student with a Gmail and Google Apps account. This email account for students will belong to you forever, and comes with an unlimited amount of Cloud hosted storage for for your files and folders.

Online content

The University uses a number of platforms to make content and resources available online to students, including YouTube, Panopto’s CourseCast platform, iTunesU, and many social media environments.

Internet Access

We strongly recommend that students have access to a high-speed internet connection (broadband) to get the best off-campus online experience.

Virus and Malware Protection

For students using a computer with the Microsoft Windows operating system we strongly recommend installing antivirus software and malware removal tools. Both Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast are freely available. Other anti-viral and anti-malware programs to consider included Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee and AVG.

Student Wireless Access

The University provides free, high speed wireless access across the Hamilton campus to all our students. To connect, simply use your student username and password to authenticate your device to the UOW Students wireless network.

Other Questions:

If you have any questions about technology, device support or online services available to students please contact us at foehelp@waikato.ac.nz