Technology readiness is critical to students' success in the WGU online learning environment. WGU is a 100% Bring Your Own Device university and, while technology products must meet required technical specifications, students are able to select technology products based on preference.
Students should use the following technical requirements to guide their selection of a technology package for use during their academic program at WGU. Systems purchased new within the past two years will typically come with the following recommended features. Students can check technical readiness of their computer system by using the WGU System Check tool to ensure they meet university requirements.
To use WGU's online systems, a student must have a computer with the following:
Note: Online Proctored Assessments will require 3 Mb/s Internet connection. Satellite Internet users should review the Satellite Internet Connection article for more information.
*Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 8. If you are currently using Windows 8, a free upgrade to 8.1 (opens new window) is available.
Note: Google Chromebooks, tablets (Nexus, iPad, Tab, Note, etc.), Windows 10 S or Surface RT, smartphones, Linux, and virtual machines are not allowed during online proctoring for objective assessments.
**Note: WGU Office 365 licensing will require activation by following steps listed under ‘First time access to your WGU student Office 365 account’ found in the Microsoft Office 365 for WGU Students handbook article.
Note: WGU strongly encourages up-to-date browser versions which incorporates security fixes and newer technologies, resulting in a better user experience.
New or readmitted students beginning their programs on October 1, 2019 or later are required to obtain an external webcam that meets the following technical specifications. If you received a webcam from WGU, prior to October 1, 2019, you will still be able to use that webcam, or a different external webcam that meets the specifications below.
Note: A laptop's integrated camera does not meet these requirements. Webcams must be external and elevated to achieve required viewing angle.
Students can select technology products based on preference, but the selection must meet the specifications and requirements listed above. Below is a list of sample webcams and accessories that meet required specifications (all links are to the manufacturers' websites, and ordering goes directly through the outside company):
To ensure the integrity of the assessment experience, webcams must be elevated 8 inches above the desktop to allow online proctors a view of a student’s work space and surrounding environment. If the webcam selected doesn’t include an elevated option, a tripod is required for use with the webcam to meet technical requirements for proctored assessments.
To ensure technology readiness, adaptors/dongles may be required to connect an external webcam to computer. Below is an example of the type of adaptors that may be helpful. Make sure your equipment hook ups are compatible with your computer ports.
As a WGU student, you are required to use a number of third-party learning resources. System requirements for these resources vary widely by program and assessment and may differ greatly from those listed above. Information Technology students, in particular, may need to install specific applications that require a more powerful computer or a specific operating system. If you're concerned that your computer may not meet the minimum requirements for any third-party learning resource or specific application in your degree program, contact Student Services or the Service Desk for more information.
If you have a question about the above requirements, please contact the Service Desk.
Article Number: 20389, 1198