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Athabasca University

Computer Requirements

In order to participate in the program, each student must own or have access to:

  • the Internet
  • the required computer hardware and software requirements
  • use PC's (assistance is limited for other hardware, software or operating platforms)
  • other communication services (e.g. telephone / mobile phone)

Please Note: Students are responsible for their own communications costs, such as long-distance telephone charges and subscriptions to an Internet Service Provider, or any other communications service requirement. Older technology may be inadequate to allow full participation in the course or it may detract from a student's learning experience.

In order to participate, each student must own or have ready access to the following suggested computer hardware and software requirements:

  1. a computer that conforms to the required standards. Athabasca University's standard computing platform is the IBM-compatible computer. Some courses support other hardware and software platforms and / or have more specific requirements and these are noted in the Web syllabus. Students are advised that only limited assistance for other hardware and software platforms is offered from Athabasca University's Help Desk.
  2. an Internet service provider (ISP connection).

For more information on required standards see Student Computer Requirements at the IT Help Desk:

Updated August 23 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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