Completing your online UW Flexible Option program requires sufficient technology and Internet access.
The online learning management system, Canvas, is accessible from nearly any device. However, we recommend using a desktop or laptop computer that meets these minimum hardware specifications:
- High-speed connection to the Internet
- Hard drive: 160GB
- Monitor and graphics card capable of 1024 x 768 display (minimum)
- Stereo sound card, speakers and/or headset, and microphone
- A webcam
- Operating System
- For PC users, Windows 7 or Higher
- For Mac users, recent version of OS X
Desktop or laptop computers (not tablets, netbooks, or Chromebooks) are highly recommended because of their ability to open and run multiple applications for an extended period of time, their compatibility with and ability to install new applications, and more.
Additionally, the mobile view of Canvas is currently not optimized for some advanced interactions like quizzing or viewing certain learning resources. For the best learning experience a desktop or laptop computer is recommended. Google Chrome is a preferred browser for Canvas.
If you have a slow Internet connection, you may want to look for high-speed access from an alternate source, such as satellite or wireless offered by a mobile provider.
Find Out More
Visit our Tech Support page for more information about minimum technology requirements, supported operating systems, supported browsers, system-check for plug-ins, and computer and Internet security information.
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit
UW Extended Campus and our partner UW campuses would like to share a new opportunity that may be helpful to you as a University of Wisconsin student. The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program for families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311.