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Technology Requirements for Online Classes

Online and Hybrid courses at VIU may use one or more of VIU’s learning technologies: VIULearn, Zoom, VIUBlogs and VIUTube. In order to be successful using these tools, all students and instructors must have access to technology that meets or exceeds the specifications below. These specifications are minimum requirements. Please note that many of our learning technologies are supported and updated by software vendors. These vendors may adjust the specifications they support at any time. 

  • An Internet connection:
    • This can be wired, wireless or mobile (3G, LTE)
  • Connection speed requirements for Zoom:
    • 800kbps/1.0Mbps (up/down) for high-quality video
    • For gallery view and/or 720p HD video: 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down)
    • Receiving 1080p HD video requires 2.5mbps (up/down)
    • Sending 1080p HD video requires 3.0 Mbps (up/down)
    • Speakers or headphones and a microphone 
    • A webcam 
    • The latest version of a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari)
  • Note: some features of VIUTube require a computer (rather than tablet or mobile phone) and WebRTC, which is not currently supported by Safari

Supported operating systems and hardware requirements

Computers

  • PC: Windows 7 or 10 (64 bit)
  • Mac: macOS 10.12 or later
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 2 GB available hard drive space
  • Processor: Quad Core 2Ghz or Higher (i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
  • Screen resolution: 1024 X 768 (100% scale) 

Tablet/Smart Phone 

  • Surface Pro 2 or higher running Win 8.1 or higher
  • Windows 10S is not supported. Windows 10 tablets must have Windows 10 Home, Pro or Enterprise
  • iOS and Android devices with the latest major operating system release