Get Tech Ready

Review the information below for recommendations to ensure your device(s) can deliver an optimal learning experience. Please also be sure to check with your school or unit for any specific program or course-related recommendations or requirements.

Canvas
  • Download the Canvas app. Apps are available for both iOS and Android devices. Guide to the app
  • Review and modify your notification settings in Canvas so that you receive all notifications right away. View the guide
  • Review the Canvas guide on turning in assignments, so you are prepared for instructors asking you to turn in assignments in Canvas.
  • Set your time zone in Canvas. The system will translate due dates and meeting times into your time zone.

Zoom
Internet Connectivity 
Hardware Recommendations 
  • You will have the most success with laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile devices that are less than five years old and meet the University's hardware recommendations; special pricing is available through DellApple, and CDWG.
  • You may also want to have:
    • Speakers, headphones, or earphones
    • Microphone—wired or wireless 
    • Webcam (if not already included on your device)  

University preferred vendor CDWG offers students discounts on accessory purchases. Visit www.cdwg.com/northwestern to view headset, headphone/earphone, microphone, and webcam options. Users can refine their search and shop by price to identify affordable options.

Software Recommendations