Technical & Software Requirements

  • Personal computer with internet access
  • Internet browser (Chrome / Firefox)
  • Video-conferencing software: Microsoft Teams / Zoom Client for Meetings
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Microsoft Office 365
    • Microsoft Office 365 software (which includes Word and PowerPoint) is available free of charge for all students, and may be installed on up to 5 PCs, Macs and mobile devices.
    • Students will need to use the Office 365 account to use the Microsoft Office software. An installation guide is available on StudentNet.
  • Microsoft OneDrive
    • All students are entitled to 1TB of password-protected online storage space, where you can store, sync, and share your work files.
    • Sign in here using your student email (e.g. / / temporary email as assigned by IT Office) and password.

IT user guides for WiFi and email

IT user guides for setting up WiFi on campus, as well as accessing and configuring email on various devices on and off campus are available at StudentNet.

NAFA Student Guide to Home-Based Learning with Technology

The NAFA Student Guide to Home-Based Learning with Technology includes guidelines for online discussion (iLearn, Microsoft Teams, Padlet), video conferencing (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Canvas), as well as helpful instructions on how to submit recorded presentations, documents, and media files.

Access the NAFA Student Guide to Home-Based Learning with Technology (requires login to iLearn).

Online Classroom Etiquette

Appropriate behaviour in a classroom, whether physical or virtual, is expected. Every little effort to maintain online classroom etiquette goes a long way. Here are some guidelines to consider:

  • Log into your class or meeting from a distraction-free, quiet environment.
  • Please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak. This will help to limit background noise.
  • Consider using a headset with an attached or external microphone for optimal listening and speaking capabilities.
  • Close unneeded applications on your computer, and refrain from other bandwidth-heavy activities (e.g. video streamling / downloading of large files) to optimize video and audio quality.
  • If you would like to speak or answer a question, use the “Raise Hand” feature. Unmute yourself only after you have been called on by your teacher. 
  • When you are speaking, let others know that you are finished by saying something like, “That’s all,” or “I’m done,” or “Thank you,” so that everyone knows you have finished your comments.
  • If you would like to use the chatbox, remember that it may be visible to other participants of the class or meeting, and that a record of the chat is kept and archived.
  • Have paper and a pen or pencil in easy reach in case you need to take notes.
  • Make sure your video is on (if you have camera capabilities) so your teacher and peers can see you.
  • Be mindful of your background lighting. If you are sitting with your back to a window, you may be silhouetted by the light coming through. Your overhead light might also need to be adjusted for the best image quality.
  • Please dress appropriately and be aware that personal behaviour or habits (e.g. hygiene, eating or chewing) may be visible and / or audible during the class or meeting.