Technology Guide to Learning Online

Whether you have participated in online classes before or if this is a new experience, there are tools to ensure that you can attend class and do your work. Online classes can be held in a variety of ways, files can be accessed and stored online with OneDrive, you can share your computer screen with instructors or peers, you can make audio calls via your computer, and more.

Test your tools before they're needed. Follow this checklist to make sure you're ready to work remotely.

Tools for Learning Remotely



Canvas Learning Management System

Zoom Web Meetings

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • All students can use the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service  for connecting to the Bowdoin network from remote locations. Bowdoin’s VPN has two purposes: it enables campus users to send and receive data to select Bowdoin services as if their device is directly connected to the campus network, and adds two-step (MFA) authentication for high security services.  
  • Download Cisco AnyConnect software


Bowdoin College uses Office 365 (O365) for email. There are several options to access your email:

Eduroam Wi-Fi 


  • Access wireless at participating educational institutions. Current Bowdoin College students, faculty, and staff can log into the eduroam network using their Bowdoin credentials
  • Information about Eduroam.

Microsoft Teams


Additional Software

  • There are a variety of software packages that are always available or are being made available for a limited time.
  • Adobe Cloud for Windows, Mac, and iOS.
  • EndNote and Zotero are reference managers available to all students
  • Others coming soon

Service and Support

Online Learning and Teaching

  • As students are unable to come to campus, there is additional information on how they can best maintain participation in classes
  • Learn more about learning online at Bowdoin.
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