Your internet connection
A reliable, high-speed internet connection is important to be able to participate fully in online learning. Not sure how fast your connection is? Use this speed test and compare the result to our recommendations below.
There are 3 important numbers to consider when evaluating your internet connection.
- Download speed: the rate at which data is transferred from the internet to your device – higher numbers are better, but we recommend at least 15 megabits per second (Mbps)
- Upload speed: the rate at which data is transferred from your device to the internet – higher numbers are better, but we recommend at least 5 Mbps
- Ping: the delay in transferring data imposed by network conditions – lower numbers are better, but we recommend that your connection have no more than 75 milliseconds
Learn more: How to manage slower internet & low bandwidth
Canvas is UW–Madison’s learning management system (LMS) used to view course materials, submit assignments and quizzes, and view grades for many courses. Many other learning technologies that you may use as part of a course are integrated. You can log in to canvas.wisc.edu with your NetID credentials.
Office 365 is a suite of tools provided by Microsoft. In addition to email and calendar features, Office 365 provides multiple online applications such as OneDrive, the Office Suite and additional productivity tools. Tools include web-based and mobile apps as well as desktop applications.
Video conferencing – Integrated into Canvas
Other video conferencing options
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Need disability-related accommodations?
The McBurney Disability Resource Center invites you to contact us with any questions you may have.
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The DoIT Help Desk stands at the ready 7 days a week via phone, email, chat.