Are you ready to learn online? Preparing technology for classes.

As we begin our classes online, follow these steps to prepare your personal computers for class. Don’t forget to do a test-run to make sure your equipment works as expected. Remember, even though you’re learning online, you’re not alone. If you need help, contact the Service Desk or visit

  1. Identify the computer or tablet that you will use to attend classes remotely
    Make sure it’s in good working order and securely connected to the Internet.
  2. Make that your computer or tablet is updated and secure
    Follow Bowdoin's Personal Device Security Guidelines for MacOS and Windows 10
  3. Set up a device that you have access to remotely for two-step verification when you login with your Bowdoin username and password.
    Learn how to add additional devices for two-step verification.
  4. Install and test VPN
    Some applications and network drives can only be accessed off campus via virtual private network (VPN).
    Learn how to install VPN and how to use VPN.
  5. Locate the peripherals you’ll need to be productive remotely
    Think about how you will video conference in to your classes. Does your computer have a built-in microphone and speaker? Do you need a headset for your phone? Does your laptop have a working webcam?
  6. Gather everything else you’ll need to be productive
    Make sure you have any important class files or equipment, like power adapters or headphones.
  7. Test your home Internet service
    Ensure that your home Internet service is working correctly and that you can access the Internet as you need to.
  8. Choose a comfortable spot
    Because you will be spending a large amount of time doing coursework online or at least on your computer, be sure to choose a comfortable location with good lighting.
    Remember to also get up and move around often to stay energized and give your body a chance to be in new positions.

If you need help, contact the Service Desk or visit


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