Below is information on Wycliffe's remote learning. This page is in the process of being updated so check back often.
Technology Recommendations and Requirements
Minimum Technical Requirements
Minimum technical requirements needed for students to access remote/online learning:
|Requirement||Windows-based PC||Apple Mac/macOS-based PC|
|Operating System||Windows 10||macOS X|
|Web Browser||Firefox or Google Chrome||Firefox or Google Chrome|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 based model||Intel Core i5 based model|
|RAM/Memory||4 GB||4 GB|
|Storage||5 GB of available space||5 GB of available space|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 768||1024 x 768|
|Connectivity||Ethernet or WiFi; available USB port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories||Ethernet or WiFi; available USB port(s) to accommodate recommended accessories|
PC refers to a personal computer. A suitable PC may be a Windows- or macOS-based desktop or a laptop. A laptop is recommended. While much can be done with Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, they are not guaranteed to support all course related software requirements.
The current version of Firefox or Google Chrome browser is recommended. These browsers are available for all platforms. A current and supported browser ensures the latest functionality and security updates are available.
Please reference the information below for additional information regarding recommended accessories, internet connectivity and frequently asked questions.
Speakers, Microphone or Headphones
Many courses will have synchronous (live) online meetings using webinar software, such as Zoom. While many PCs are equipped with speakers and a microphone, using headphones with an attached microphone for these sessions is recommended.
Many courses will have synchronous (live) online meetings using webinar software, such as Zoom. While many laptop PCs are equipped with a video camera, some laptop PC and most desktop PC users may need to use a compatible USB video camera.
High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) with minimum download speed of 5Mbps is strongly recommended.
A wired connection (ethernet) to the home router is also recommended over WiFi connectivity to achieve the most reliable results.
Using Mobile Devices for Tethering
If broadband connectivity is not available, tethering to a mobile device such as a smartphone with strong signal and minimum download speeds of 5 Mbps is an option, although not recommended. Mobile Internet connectivity through a tethered mobile device will likely not be adequate for online video collaboration as the network latency and unreliable nature of cellular connectivity can result in poor video quality.
Data Plan Allowances
Expanded use of your Internet connections (broadband or mobile) may cause you to exceed your monthly data plan allowance and result in significant overage charges. An unlimited data plan, if available, is highly recommended.
Many courses require the use of productivity software – word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet applications. The Microsoft Office suite of applications is available for free to University of Toronto students (UTORid and @utoronto.ca email address required). Office applications (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint) may accessed via a browser or may be installed on your PC.
The online app menu can be accessed by clicking on the waffle icon in top left hand corner. PC installable software may be downloaded by accessing the app menu and clicking on Office 365. From the Office 365 page, select Install Office.
Wycliffe College uses Zoom as it's course delivery platform. To learn more on how to use Zoom, visit, https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
Prior to the commencement of class you will receive an email with a link to your class as well as any other relevant information.