Technology Resources & Requirements

Our students receive access to learning and record-keeping platforms. To ensure your successful use of these solutions, we've compiled a list of minimum technology recommendations.

If you plan to purchase a computer, some hardware manufacturers offer student discounts on desktop and laptop computers. Contact the UC Bookstore and other retailers for more information.

Getting Started

Canopy & Blackboard

Canopy is UC's eLearning ecosystem. It is an innovative, collaborative and student-centric portal through which you will access UC's eLearning technologies and resources, including:

  • Canvas, where your courses will be hosted;
  • WebEx, a videoconferencing tool;
  • Catalyst, where you will register for courses and view your financial status; and
  • Many more resources.

You can access Canopy at

To help you get started in Canvas, you will receive a pre-module in your courses with video tutorials on navigating and using Canvas' various, user-friendly features.

Additional Help

The Center for Academic Technologies and Educational Resources (CATER) offers comprehensive IT services for the college. The team provides day-to-day IT support and operations management, but also leads the way for the college’s technology implementation and adoption.

Contact the CATER Helpdesk at 513-558-5205 or

Technology Recommendations


To ensure a smooth online experience, the College of Nursing generally recommends using a computer that is four years old or newer. Hardware requirements are based on minimum specifications for Canvas, Microsoft Office 365 and Kaltura Video Capture. Access to these tools is provided to all UC students.

Minimum Hardware

  • Updated Windows 7 or above
  • Intel i5 1.6 gigahertz or faster
  • 4GB RAM
  • 6.0 GB of available disk space to install Microsoft Office 365, Kaltura Capture and WebEx Meetings
  • 1280 x 768 screen resolution
  • Graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9 or later version with WDDM 2.0 or higher for Windows 10 (or WDDM 1.3 or higher for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update)
  • Broadband connection that supports 5 Mbps or higher

Minimum Hardware    

  • macOS 10.10 or above
  • Intel i5 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 12 GB of available disk space to install Microsoft Office 365, Kaltura Capture and WebEx Meetings. HFS+ hard disk format (also known as macOS Extended or APFS)
  • 1280 x 800 screen resolution
  • No graphics requirements
  • Webcam with microphone
  • Broadband connection that supports 5 Mbps or higher


 For your program, you will need to install the following basic applications:

Accessibility Resources

Accessibility Resources leads the university community in providing accommodations and support to students in both online and in-person programs. Whether you experience test anxiety, need extended time on assignments, have an injury that requires temporary accommodations or any other circumstance that impacts your academic success, the staff in Accessibility Resources can assist in identifying the help you need. To learn more about registration, student resources, and staff contacts, visit the Accessibility Resources website.