Tech Ready: Students
OIT recommends the following minimum computing specifications so your device can accommodate standard University technology tools:
- Device type: laptop or tablet
- Operating system: Windows 10 or Mac OS (list of Apple's currently supported versions)
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Storage: 250 GB hard drive (solid state recommended over hard disk drive)
- Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
- Network adapter: Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n (802.11ac recommended)
- Display: 1280 x 768 or greater (Office 365 minimum)
- Webcam: Yes - internal or external
- Microphone: Yes - internal or external (can be found on many standard headphones)
- Physical keyboard: Yes
For hardware specifications specific to your major, consider shopping by major at the Bobcat Depot.
Ohio University has instituted a laptop loaner program for any student who needs a computer (while supplies last). Learn more on the OHIO Coronavirus Technology Resources page.
Setting up your OHIO account
If you are new to the University or returning after an extended absence, you will need to activate your OHIO ID.
- Ensure you create a strong password using the University's password requirements
- Many applications supported by OIT use Single Sign On (SSO). If an application does not use SSO, do not use the same password you use for your OHIO login, but we still recommend following the University password requirements.
- Enroll in Multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA protects you against lost or stolen passwords by adding a verification step to your OHIO login with the DUO Mobile application.
- Faculty and staff can access a password manager, which allows you centrally manage and store multiple passwords behind one strong master password.
Using your account
Your OHIO ID and password are required to access most online services at Ohio University, such as:
- My OHIO Portal - A personalized, customizable web gateway to many OHIO online services
- My OHIO Student Center - An application used for storing, managing, and updating student information such as registration and finances
- My OHIO Success Network - An information and communications hub for students, faculty, and student support staff
- Blackboard Learn - An interactive online tool for course-related materials and interactions between students and instructors
- University Library Services - An account providing access to technology, research tools and information, and meeting spaces
- Catmail - Office 365-based email account used for students, faculty, staff, and alumni
- Workforce - application used for time and attendance tracking for student and hourly employees
Keeping your account secure
The Ohio University Information Security Office has many resources to make sure your online activities are safe and secure. Security is everyone's responsibility! Keeping your personal information safe is crucial.
- You should never share your account password with anyone, and do not reuse your password on other sites.
- If you lose your password or your account is compromised, reset your password as soon as possible.
- Be sure to protect your PID and student ID card.
- Follow the security tips and best practices provided by the Information Security Office.
- Make sure you follow all Information Technology policies.
Connecting on campus
- Many devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones can connect to eduroam. To connect other devices such as smart TVs, game consoles, smart speakers, and wireless printers, you will need to register your device.
- Most buildings on the Athens campus have wi-fi. Reception is also available in many outdoor locations and parking lots.
- To see if your location has reception review the wi-fi coverage map.
Connecting off campus
Some university applications and tools can only be accessed using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
- Campus VPN creates a secure tunnel to the campus network, making your local device appear to be a part of the University network. When connected, all of your internet traffic goes through the campus network.
- VMware Horizon View (VDI) allows you to remotely accesses a Windows desktop environment from any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device. When connected, the virtual desktop's screen images are sent to your device, and your keystrokes and mouse movements are sent to the virtual PC.
|Feature||Campus VPN||VMware Horizon View (VDI)|
|Resource-intensive for your device||Yes||No|
|Works with high latency connections (e.g. satellite internet)||No||No|
|Allows you to print wirelessly to OHIO printers from off-campus||Yes||By request|
|Available for faculty and staff||Yes||Yes|
|Available for emeriti||Yes||No|
|Available for students||By request||Yes (Features will vary depending on course enrollment and college affiliation)|
|Available for graduate student employees||Yes||No|
|Requires multi-factor authentication to access||Yes||No|
|Best for accessing sensitive data||No - though the VPN connection itself is secure, it does create local copies of data on your device while you work||Yes - data does not leave the virtual desktop unless you configure it to do so
|Best for accessing University-supported, Windows-based applications (e.g. computer lab applications)||No||Yes - list of applications|
|Access to Network Attached Storage (NAS) on shared.ohio.edu and home.ohio.edu.||Yes||Yes|
|Licensing access to validate/activate software like ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and Microsoft workstations||Yes||No|
Learn the tech tools
- Blackboard is a platform where instructors can post syllabi, assignments, and grades.
- Microsoft Teams is a video conferencing and collaboration tool that many instructors may use for class sessions.
- Help and Resources: Microsoft Teams has lots of resources to get you started.
- Proctortrack, also known as Online Proctoring, allows instructors to give secure exams online.
- Help and Resources: Online Proctoring guides you through setting up Proctortrack on your device.
- Top Hat is a tool that instructors may use to help you participate in class.
- Help and Resources: Top Hat contains resources to get your devices ready for class.
- Voicethread is a tool that instructors may use to give assignments involving you uploading, sharing, and commenting on various different types of media.
- Help and Resources: Voicethread has some tips for submitting various Voicethread assignments.
OIT offers a number of software packages to the University or to specific groups like faculty, staff, or students at no cost or at a reduced cost. Our Licensed Software page lists all the available titles.
Office 365 applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, are essential to success at Ohio University. Anyone with an active OHIO email address can access Office 365 in a web browser, and all students and instructors have access to the downloadable applications.
Tools and Apps
|App||Description & Access|
Blackboard is a Learning Management System (LMS) where faculty can post course-related materials, class assignments, and grades.
Blackboard is an interactive, Learning Management System (LMS) for posting course-related materials, managing student assignments, and grades.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) protects users against lost or stolen passwords by adding a verification step to your OHIO login with the Duo Mobile application.
Microsoft Bookings is a scheduling tool used to set up meetings with individuals across campus. Bookings will automatically synchronize with your Outlook calendar and attach a Teams meeting to each appointment.
Microsoft Forms creates simple surveys and forms. Comparison: Microsoft Forms vs. Qualtrics helps you determine which tool is right for you.
Microsoft Excel uses spreadsheets to make calculations, graph data, and collaborate with others.
Microsoft OneDrive is a file storage service and syncs to other Microsoft products.
Microsoft OneNote is a digital notetaking tool for capturing information and data across all your devices.
Microsoft Outlook is used to access your OHIO email and calendar.
Microsoft PowerPoint is used to develop engaging presentations.
Microsoft Teams is a team-based collaboration tool that provides audio or video calls, channeled conversations, instant messaging, and document collaboration.
Microsoft Word is a word processing tool with additional collaboration features.
Panopto is a cloud-based application for recording lectures and sharing videos with others.
Qualtrics is an easy to use, powerful tool for creating, distributing, and analyzing online surveys. Comparison: Microsoft Forms vs. Qualtrics helps you determine which tool is right for you.
Top Hat is an instructional tool to create, adopt, and customize educational resources for courses. Students may use this tool to take live polls and quizzes, access digital textbooks, or complete assignments.
|Web CMS provides an easy-to-use interface that allows users to author, administer, and manage web pages without requiring the user to have extensive knowledge of web markup and programming languages. Our Web CMS Help and Resources page contains tons of resources to help you create and edit user-friendly webpages.|
There are also many tools you can access right in your browser.
Use your ID for Bobcat Cash
- Funds in your Bobcat Cash account can be used to pay for printing, food, and other services across campus.
- Deposits to your Bobcat cash account can be made online or in-person.
Use your ID for printing
Accessing student records and finances
- Student academic and financial records are protected information. The University Registrar has policies explaining who can access which types of student records.
- View your scholarships, loans, grants, and other information within your Student Center.
- Learn how to how to register for classes and access Course Offerings.
Making payments and deposits across student accounts
- Your student account balance details all charges and payments to your student financial account.
- You can make a payment on a student account by eCheck, credit card, personal check, or wire payment.
- Bobcat Cash is money put on deposit with the University (similar to a prepaid debit card) that can be used in a variety of locations.
- You can add money to a Bobcat Cash account online or at select university locations.
Many technology issues can be resolved by updating your device or software. Check your settings to make sure everything is up-to-date.
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Get help with technology
The Office of Information Technology has many resources to help you learn how to use the tech tools available to the OHIO community:
- All Help & Resources is a searchable list of all of our help content, all in one place.
- Common tool and software concerns include:
- Accounts and Passwords
- IT Service Catalog contains a description of every service and technology that we offer.
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