UCI has put together a minimum computer requirements page that can help you understand the what equipment is necessary to use the range of tools you'll use as a student.
Having the resources to participate in online and remote learning activities are an essential component to student success. In these challenging times, OIT has worked to secure and provide students in need of support with a laptop and/or a WiFi hotspot (referred to collectively as “student equipment”). Learn more about the Student Equipment Loan program →
The Canvas website has recommended browsers.
Things to Know
- Chromebooks do not work with some educational technology software and is not recommended for your course work.
- A webcam is key to participating in remote classes. If your computer doesn't already have one, you'll want to get one.
- Access Canvas: https://canvas.eee.uci.edu/
- Canvas Tool Help: Canvas Student Guide
- View a list of your classes: https://grandcentral.eee.uci.edu/classes
- Resources for Remote Learning in Canvas provided by the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation
Instructors may implement a variety of methods to deliver course content and facilitate student engagement.
Below are instructions for how to utilize YuJa and Zoom, two common tools that will be used by instructors.
If your class is using YuJa
Access videos through Canvas (if your class is using Canvas) or the links provided by your instructors
If your class is using Zoom
Instructors will provide you with an unique link for course Zoom meetings.
- Learn more about using Zoom with the UCI Zoom Student Guide
Zoom Recording and Privacy
Most faculty will be recording their lectures for the benefit of students. Please note that instructors’ lectures, even when delivered in Zoom or recorded, are owned by the instructor and may only be used for academic purposes.
As a student, you should be informed if the Zoom session is being recorded. Each faculty will handle privacy accommodations as appropriate for that course and the course structure. Please make sure to review the syllabus carefully and talk with your instructor if you have any specific privacy concerns. You can also reach out to the student affairs office in your School for help as needed.
The Code of Student Conduct prohibits, among other things, Academic Dishonesty, Computer Misuse, Harassment, Disruption, Disorderly Behavior, and violations of Expectations of Privacy.
Students should especially be aware of Section 102.23 of Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students, which states that the following activities constitute grounds for discipline:
Selling, preparing, or distributing for any commercial purpose course lecture notes or video or audio recordings of any course unless authorized by the University in advance and explicitly permitted by the course instructor in writing. The unauthorized sale or commercial distribution of course notes or recordings by a student is a violation of these Policies whether or not it was the student or someone else who prepared the notes or recordings.
More information on privacy questions related to Zoom can be found in Privacy Considerations, under “Remote class and content delivery.
For Zoom questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are instructions for students for exams that are to be administered using Respondus.
We also want to make you aware that while Respondus is typically a paid service, students will not be charged for using these services.
- Double-check the TIME ZONE
- Double-check the time of day for scheduling- AM or PM
- Run the computer requirements check at least twice, including once a bit before testing
- Review the student guide
- Download the Respondus LockDown Browser
- Your instructor will provide next steps
- Note: LockDown Browser is not compatible with Chromebooks or ChromeOS
- Windows: 10, 8, 7
- Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher
- Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
- A broadband internet connection
- Respondus Support Portal (24/7 assistance)
- Note about VPNs: The Respondus LockDown Browser may not work when students are also connected to a VPN (such as the UCI VPN). Please refer to Respondus's help documentation for more information.
Collaborate on Group Work
Your instructors have a couple of options when it comes to using Canvas to manage group collaboration.
Here is information on using the two most commonly used options:
Canvas Collaborations are powered by Google Apps
If the features in the above links are not available to you, then your instructor has most likely not enabled those features. Please contact your instructor or TA directly with any questions.
Communicating with instructors & peers
Instructor/TA to Student
Your instructors have several options when it comes to communicating with you. Here are a few of the commonly used options in Canvas and EEE:
- Canvas Announcements: These will appear in your Canvas course space when posted by an instructor
- You can optionally receive these notifications via email or text: learn how to configure Canvas Notifications
- Class Email List: These will be delivered to you via email; you won't need to do anything
Student to Student/Instructor/TA
- Zoom: The campus has purchased a Zoom license for every student, instructor, and staff member at UCI
- Learn how to download, login to, and use Zoom
- Email: Your UCI Gmail account continues to be available to you:
Off-campus and International Access Information
To access some UCI resources you will need to use the UCI Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Office of Information Technology: Installing and using VPN software
- UCI Libraries: Accessing Library resources using the VPN
For the latest information about international access to UCI instructional tools: