Ohio University

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Tech Ready: Students

Tech Ready: Students

Tech Ready: Hardware Recommendations

Hardware recommendations

To ensure a device can accommodate university standard tools, OIT recommends the following minimum computing recommendations for students, faculty, and staff:

  • Device type: laptop or tablet
  • Operating system: Windows 10 or Mac OS (supported)
  • 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 during the Covid-19 pandemic (while supplies last). Learn more on the OHIO Coronavirus Technology Resources page.

Tech Ready: Accessing Your OHIO Account

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

Using your account

Your OHIO ID and password are the keys to 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.

Tech Ready: Wi-Fi, Network, & Phones

Connecting on campus

Phones and voicemail

Ohio University provides land line telephone service in faculty and staff offices, conference rooms, and other public areas on all campuses. Voicemail can also be accessed on the go. 

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.
  • Proctortrack, also known as Online Proctoring, allows instructors to give secure exams online.
  • Top Hat is a tool that instructors may use to help you participate in class.
  • Voicethread is a tool that instructors may use to give assignments involving you uploading, sharing, and commenting on various different types of media.

You may also want to check out Tools for Online Learning, which has an overview of resources to help you become acquainted with online learning.

Learn techniques to succeed

Tips for low internet bandwidth

Tech Ready: Software & Tools

Software downloads

OIT offers a number of software packages to the University or to specific groups like faculty, staff, or students at no cost or reduced cost. Our Licensed Software page lists all the available titles.

Office 365 applications, such as 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.

Useful online tools

There are also many tools you can access right in your browser.

If you would like help with a tool not supported by the university, contact the Service Desk. OIT may ask you to submit an OHIO Technology Review Request

Tech Ready: Mobile Apps

Mobile Apps

Several of our standard tools have mobile apps that you can access on your device. Just search the name of the application in your preferred app store. Some mobile apps include: 

Tech Ready: Student Records and Finances

Accessing student records and finances

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. 
  • Money can be added to Guest Printing Cards or a Bobcat Cash account for printing at Alden Library.

Tech Ready: Getting 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:

...with class registration & exam schedules

The University Registrar handles everything related to enrollment and academic calendars, including how to register for classes.

...with printing

Depending on your role at OHIO, you may have access to departmental, student, or guest printing.