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Bring Your Own Device

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs require students to own or acquire a mobile computing device (most commonly a laptop or tablet) that meets the minimum technical specifications for their program.

Please review the Specifications and Additional Requirements below.


For BYOD programs that require students to have a laptop or tablet, the device must meet the minimum system requirements outlined by Microsoft for Windows 10:

Please note that only meeting the minimum specifications of Windows 10 may impact your ability to learn remotely. You may want to consider purchasing a new computer meeting or exceeding the specifications below:

Operating System Windows 10
CPU Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 3
Hard Drive 256 GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Video Camera Integrated or external USB webcam
Audio Speakers and microphone (built-in or external)
Wireless Working WiFi with current standards (802.11ac)
Power 5 hours of battery life

Note: GIS does NOT require students to bring a device as noted above, though they may wish to have one. See additional requirements.

A supported Windows 10-based operating system is strongly encouraged for maximum compatibility.  See Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

Students using Chromebooks, smartphones and tablets (Android-based), Apple IOS (iPhones, iPads) or macOS (MacBook, iMac) devices or older laptops may have compatibility issues with the software used by your program.

If you are purchasing a new device and you want to ensure you meet these specifications, present the information above to your chosen reputable vendor and they can assist you in finding the right device.

Additional Requirements

Program / Program Area Additional Requirements

Android or iPhone smartphone to download free GIS software

and a device as noted above.

Land and Water Management

Android or iPhone smartphone to download free GIS software

and a device as noted above.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Android or iPhone smartphone to download free GIS software

no device required.



High speed internet, minimum 5 Mbps.

Your home network will also be a strong factor in your remote learning experience.

  • If using a modem and/or router supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), ensure they are current and up-to-date.  Contact your ISP to find out.
  • If using your own wireless router, ensure that it supports current Wi-Fi specifications, including but not limited to 802.11ac, 802.11n, MIMO, or Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz).
  • Wired connections to your router are going to offer the best connectivity.
  • For Wi-Fi connections, proximity and line-of-sight will offer a better connection and speed.  Avoid walls, floors and objects, where possible.
  • Other users and devices on your home network will also affect your connection speed and quality.
  • Avoid using streaming services, such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, etc. while doing remote learning.
Mobile Devices and Tethering

Strong signal, minimum 5 Mbps

  • Note that expanded use of your Internet connections may cause you to exceed your monthly data plan allowance. Unlimited data plans, such as Rogers Infinite or Telus Peace of Mind, are recommended.
Please refer to the ITS Knowledgebase for further information and any questions you may have about using your device and troubleshooting issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the BYOD requirements for my specific program?

The minimum requirements detailed above are applicable to all standard BYOD programs.

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is the only BYOD program that currently differs in that GIS students must have a smartphone, but do not need a laptop.

Will BYOD be a requirement for my program beyond the restrictions and blended learning models happening as a result of COVID-19?

Yes, the college was assessing a BYOD approach well before the COVID-19 pandemic affected program delivery and campus access. While the pandemic provided a catalyst to implement BYOD in certain programs, this approach will exist beyond COVID-19.

Can I use a desktop or another device that isn't a laptop or tablet?

No, a laptop is the device for BYOD programs. While much can be done with Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, they are not guaranteed to support all course related software requirements. A desktop is not portable, therefore is not suitable to bring on campus.

What if I already have a laptop? How do I see if my device meets the minimum specifications?

If you already own a laptop, you are welcome to use that as your device as long as it meets the minimum specifications outlined above.

How to find your version of Windows 10 and current computer specifications:

  1. Click the Start button in the task bar
  2. Click the Gear icon (Settings)
  3. Click System
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the list on the left, click About
    1. In the Device specifications section, you will find information about your processor (CPU) and installed RAM
    2. In the Windows specifications section, you will find your Windows edition and version
I have a Mac laptop. Can I use that?

Laptops using a Windows 10 base operating system are recommended. Other devices, including MacOS (MacBook, iMac) devices, older laptops, Chromebooks, smartphones and tablets (Android-based), or Apple IOS (iPhones, iPads) devices may have compatibility issues with the software used by your program.

I don't currently have a laptop or tablet. What is the cost of buying the device I'm required to?

The required BYOD device will cost you approximately $500 - $1000 depending on the specifications. You must have a device that meets the minimum specifications, but you may choose to purchase something more advanced, which will increase your cost.

What if I can't afford to purchase a laptop?

Students are encouraged to explore all options with regards to applying for financial assistance. Students may be eligible for government student loans and grants, scholarships and bursaries, indigenous sponsorship (band or MMF), Training and Employment Services and/or line of credit through the bank/credit union. Also refer to

If students have exhausted all means of funding they should meet with their Student Success Advisor for assistance in exploring other options such as emergency loan/bursary, temporary laptop loan or other.

Where should I buy my laptop?

There are many local suppliers and some may offer student pricing. We suggest you seek out a supplier and ask about special pricing for students.

Will Financial Aid pay for my laptop?

Manitoba Student Aid includes $500 in every student's assessment which is aimed toward computer-related expenses.

Will my sponsor pay for a laptop?

Students are encouraged to discuss the cost of a laptop with their sponsor.

Can ITS help me if I'm having issues with my personal device?

Refer to ITS Knowledgebase for assistance with common issues before contacting the IT Service Desk.

What ITS can support:

  • Logging into Assiniboine programs and services, including the college WiFi network.
  • Assisting installation of Assiniboine applications

What ITS cannot support:

  • Data recovery
  • Hardware repair/replacement/acquisition
  • Virus/Malware removal

See Policy G61: ITS Support for BYOD Programs for more.

Can ITS fix or service my personal device?

No, you will need to connect with a local computer repair service or return to the location where you purchased your personal device.

What software do I need to install?

All BYOD programs require access to Office365.

Additional software will not be required before your program starts. Each instructor will direct students to the software they need and instruct you on how to install and use the software.

How do I print from my device while on campus?

Students can use on their device.