Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at Northern

Northern College News & Information

Bring your Own Device (BYOD) at Northern is MANDATORY FOR ALL FIRST – AND SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS and everyone must bring their own device to attend.

BYOD is about flexible learning in the classroom that provides access to the tools and resources previously unavailable to all students. Whether engaging in virtual e-classroom sessions, or doing on-the-fly research in a lecture, BYOD changes the way you can learn. By participating in a mobile learning program, students practice their technology and computing skills and develop a fluency with the tools that employers and industry seek!

Read the BYOD Policy (PDF, 57.5 KB)


BYOD How To Documents/Instructions

Information for all Programs
How to Access Citrix Services Using Your Personal Computer (PDF, 779 KB)
Get Office 365 for Free

How to Add Printers

How to Add a College Printer on a Mac (PDF, 114 KB)
How to Add a College Printer in Windows 7 (PDF, 442 KB)
How to Add a College Printer in Windows 8.1 (PDF, 1.08 KB)
How to Add a College Printer in Windows 8 (PDF, 823 KB)
How to Add a College Printer in Windows 10 (PDF, 706 KB)

Lockdown Browser – Taking Tests Via Blackboard Securely

http://www.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=193447031

Additional instructions for students in the Civil cluster of programs:

AutoDesk Software Download (PDF, 1.60 KB)
Bentley Software Download (PDF, 1.82 MB)
SAFI (PDF, 935 KB)
Installing WoodWorks (PDF, 308 KB)


BYOD Vendors
The following vendors have provided laptop, service descriptions and pricing.

Alex Cochrane & Sons Services (ACSS) – Timmins
BEST BUY Canada Ltd. – Timmins with remote services to Haileybury and Kirkland Lake
Krazy Krazy – Timmins
PowerSwitch Computer Repairs – Kirkland Lake
Quantum Xpress Ltd. – Haileybury
Staples – Timmins


Information for Prospective and Registered Students

What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. As of Fall 2015, Northern College is a BYOD college.

Why is Northern pursuing a BYOD initiative?
Education all over is changing to meet technology advances. More and more people are using technology to do everything from general communication to banking and more! By setting up an environment where learners can have access to the tools and resources that technology can bring to the classroom, we are changing the way you can learn and interact with your classmates and professors. No longer will you have to go to a computer lab to access program-specific software. With BYOD you can log in and work on your own computer, even from home! Consider the convenience of choosing to buy e-textbooks or access course materials online…there are so many possibilities!

Key Features
Connect to the college network using Citrix. Access any and all of the server applications from anywhere without having to purchase or install* everything on your own computer. Enjoy cost-savings and flexibility by purchasing e-texts** that go with you on your laptop to the classroom. Enhanced college-wide wireless access. In between classes? Find a comfortable spot and connect to what you need anywhere on our campuses. Access Blackboard Learn, the college learning management system to connect to the information and materials posted by professors from your laptop. *Some software titles excluded and not all textbooks are available in e-text format.

What will happen if I don’t have a laptop on the first day of classes?
We understand that some students may not arrive with a laptop for a variety of reasons. Just as with book purchases and other required equipment, faculty are always mindful of potential delays for the first few weeks of classes and will adjust course delivery accordingly when at all possible.

Who needs to have a device?
BYOD is mandatory for all first- and second-year students and they must come with a hardware-compliant laptop. Third year students do NOT need to have a device UNLESS they are enrolled in a first- or second-year course(s).

How much do the hardware-compliant laptops cost?
Northern is mindful that post-secondary education can get expensive. We have specified hardware requirements that will meet the needs of your program over the course of up to three years. Most programs have laptop requirements that can be purchased for around $500-$700*.

What if I can’t afford to buy a laptop?
If you are an OSAP student, you are automatically assessed a $500 technology hardware allotment. If you are a sponsored student, you will need to provide the cost of a laptop to your sponsor so that it may be considered as part of your overall assessment and funding. Consider the cost of a laptop as you would the need for textbooks.

Students may also be eligible for several different bursaries at Northern. All students are encouraged to review and apply to bursaries through the student portal area. https://secure.northernc.on.ca/nph-student.pl?act=my_account

Will all my classes use a computer as part of instruction?
The use of a laptop in the classroom will be at the discretion of the professor teaching the course as well the nature of the course. For example, it may not be conducive for students in a shop environment to use a laptop for courses that have significant hands-on requirements, but the same student may find him or herself using their laptop significantly more in a Communications course, for example.

What kind of technical support will Northern provide?
Northern College Information Technology Services (ITS) will provide limited technical support for personal devices. This support will be limited to assisting with accessing network resources through Citrix, and any required software installations. Northern also provides a 24/7/365 toll-free (1-877-907-5031) support number that students may call for assistance.

What if I need more support than what is provided by the college?
We know that sometimes technology doesn’t always work perfectly. As a result, we are working with local vendors at each of the campus communities to set up support services of which students can take advantage that go beyond what ITS can provide. By setting up agreements in advance we will provide the names of businesses and service costs, who have been vetted by the college and will provide support consistent with the needs of the BYOD initiative. The following vendors have provided laptop, service descriptions and pricing.
Alex Cochrane and Sons – Timmins
BEST BUY Canada Ltd. – Timmins with remote services to Haileybury and Kirkland Lake
Krazy Krazy – Timmins
PowerSwitch Computer Repairs – Kirkland Lake
Quantum Xpress Ltd. – Haileybury
Staples – Haileybury and Timmins

Do I have to pay for software license and installations?
No. All software you will require for your program will be provided. With some exceptions, all software titles will be available on the college network and will not need to be locally installed**.
**Local program installs required for: Civil Engineering Technology; Construction Engineering Technician-Building Management; Building Inspection Technician; Mechanical Engineering Technician; Mining Engineering Technician

What happens if my computer is unavailable or out for repairs?
It is your responsibility to make sure your computer is in good working order and available for use during classes. We do, however, understand that unforeseen circumstances arise that may put your computer out of operation for a day or so. Short-term laptop loans are available through the Library Resource Centres. You will be required to present your valid student ID card in order to check out a loaner laptop. Unreturned and/or damaged loaner laptops will be charged to student accounts which much be reconciled before transcripts and diplomas are issued.

How do I keep my laptop secure while on campus?
It is strongly recommended that you purchase insurance for your laptop during the school year. This insurance should cover theft, accidental damage (drops), fire and water damage. You may be able to purchase additional coverage at the time of purchase from the vendor or may go through a personal insurance broker. On-campus students have the option of renting a locker for personal belongings while on campus. Please be advised, that Northern is not responsible for any lost or stolen items or damage that occurs to personal property kept in lockers. It is recommended that students keep their devices with them at all times while on campus.

Can I bring a tablet or smartphone instead of a laptop?
No. All programs have laptops listed as the minimum hardware requirement. You are however, welcome to bring other devices to campus providing you also have a laptop that meets your program’s hardware standards.

Do I need any other accessories for my laptop?
You should have access to earphones so that you may use your device in common areas without disturbing others. If you are participating in a course that is hosted online through Blackboard Collaborate or Contact North’s Saba Centra software, you will also need a headset/mic combination. This unit need not be expensive. You can even use the earbuds with in-line microphones that come with many popular smartphones. If you wish to purchase a headset for this purpose, you can find several inexpensive models at common retail outlets.

Will I be able to print from my device at the college?
Yes. You will be able to connect to a print utility that will allow you to print wirelessly to select campus printers.

What else should I know about BYOD at Northern?
You should read and become familiar with the Northern College BYOD policy. When you connect to the network, you will be required to accept the terms and conditions outlined in the policy before gaining access. By signing onto the network, you are agreeing to abide by college policies including the BYOD, Network Security, and Acceptable Use policies. If you are found in breach of these and other college policies, your network access will be terminated.


REQUIREMENTS

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system, but students will have access to Windows-based applications through a network client application if they are using a different model of computer (i.e. Mac, Linux.Unix, etc.). The network client application allows students to access files and programs from any device that has a network connection.

NOTE: Not all program titles such as AutoCad have equivalent Apple/Mac versions. Students required to install these titles must purchase a Windows-based laptop for these installations.

Minimum Laptop Requirements for ALL programs EXCEPT: Civil Engineering Technology; Construction Engineering Technician-Building Management; Building Inspection Technician; Mechanical Engineering Technician; Mining Engineering Technician (see hardware requirements below for these program exceptions)


In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:
• Intel i3 Processor or equivalent
• 2 GB of RAM or more
• 100 GB HDD or more
• HD Graphics
• Wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac
• Windows Operating System (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1)

Beyond the Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet, and operate software and course ware installed on the laptop, student laptops should be equipped with the following:
• Intel i5 Processor or equivalent
• 4 GB of RAM or more
• 200 GB HDD or more
• HD Graphics
• Wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac
• Windows Operating System (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1)

Optimal Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet, and realize optimum performance on the software and courseware installed on the laptop, student laptops should be equipped with the following:
• Intel i7 Processor or equivalent
• 8 GM of RAM or more
• 250 GB HDD or more
• HD Graphics
• Wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac
• Windows Operating System (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1)

Minimum Laptop Requirements for – Civil Engineering Technology; Construction Engineering Technician-Building Management; Building Inspection Technician; Mechanical Engineering Technician; Mining Engineering Technician.

In order to access the internet, and realize optimum performance on the software and course ware installed on the laptop, student laptops should be equipped with the following:
• Intel i7 Processor or equivalent
• 8 GM of RAM or more
• 250 GB HDD or more
• HD Graphics
• Wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac
• Windows Operating System (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1)