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Minimum Technology Requirements for Remote Learning

The following are the minimum technical requirements for students to access Ryerson University’s online learning resources. As individual programs or courses may have additional requirements, please refer to your faculty, program or course requirements for specific guidance.

A note about the Fall 2021 term

As the fall term will be a transition semester, we will be significantly expanding the number of on-campus courses; however many courses will continue to be offered remotely. It is recommended that students check with their respective departments to confirm their mode of delivery. Students in programs that are not able to offer in-person learning, and/or students who are not able to come to campus can expect to be provided with remote learning options for the fall semester.

Computer

A Windows 10 or macOS X computer with a minimum of:

  • Intel Core i5 processor or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM 
  • 20 GB of available storage space after all applications are installed
  • Webcam (built in or external)
  • Ability to connect external devices as needed including where necessary: webcam, headset, and external storage devices

Computer peripherals

  • Webcam, unless there is one already integrated into your computer.
  • Headset with microphone for improved audio quality and to reduce echo while speaking during webinars. If the computer has a good microphone, earbuds may be used instead.

Internet access

  • A minimum download speed of 5 Mbps.
  • Google Chrome browser.
  • Where possible, a wired connection to a router is preferred over connecting to a router via wireless access. If wireless must be used, work as close as possible to the wireless router to maintain excellent signal strength.

Software

Google Drive

Storage in Google Drive is available to all Ryerson students along with Google Docs, Sheets, Calendar and Slides. More information about these services is available on the Google Workspace at Ryerson University website.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is available free for all Ryerson students. For more information please visit the Microsoft software page on the Computing and Communications Services website.

Sophos Home antivirus

Sophos Home is an antivirus program that will protect your personal PC or Mac computer against computer viruses and malware. Find instructions for downloading Sophos Home on the Computing and Communications Services Security Software page.

Remote connections to computing labs

With most classes taking place virtually due to COVID-19, remote access to Ryerson computer labs will be temporarily available using the Ryerson Student VPN. Learn how to establish remote connections to computing labs.

Hardware offers

Special purchasing programs for Dell and Apple products are available to students. Review the current offers at the: