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Minimum Technical Skills


UWF prepares students for current and future business and life applications using basic technology. Each UWF student is expected to do the following:

  • Activate a MyUWF student account
  • Access the MyUWF portal a minimum of 2-3 times a week
  • Access UWF email account (Gmail) 2-3 times a week
  • Have basic word-processing knowledge

Additional technical skills and technology requirements may vary by college, department, and course. Student use of UWF information technology resources is governed by the Computing Resources Usage Agreement and the Student Communications Policy* (also see the My Account app in MyUWF).

Additionally, online students should acquire these essential skills to ensure success in online courses: 

  • Using a Web browser to access Web pages

  • Downloading files from the Web
  • Uploading and attaching files to send to others

Minimum Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Access to a laptop or desktop computer
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Compatible web browser
  • Audio input, built-in, or external computer speakers
  • Recommended: Webcam (external or internal)

Web Browser Requirements

Review the Web Browser Requirements for a list of supported web browsers for Canvas,

Supported Operating Systems

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.

Additional Software You may Need

Your instructor may require the use of additional software for your course that may not be listed on this page. Review your course syllabus and contact your instructor for additional information if needed. Students may need one or more of the following plug-ins:


The University of West Florida supports an inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If there are aspects of your experience with the University that hinder your full participation, the University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations.

For more information on services and accommodations available:


Privacy Statements

The following is a list of potential required technologies for online/blended courses at UWF, along with links to the privacy statements for those technologies. If you need help locating the privacy statement for a particular technology, please do not hesitate to contact a Global Online instructional designer. This information addresses Quality Matters course design standard 6.5: Links to privacy policies for all external tools required in the course.

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