Technology Resources

Please contact Paige Brewster (brewster@bu.edu; 617-358-3440) if a member of your family has concerns about their ability to participate in remote learning and/or online community events due to limited or unreliable access to the internet or a computer.

  • Blackboard for specific course information
  • Zoom for video conferences
  • Zoom Tips and Tricks for BUA Students
  • Teachers will create links to meetings for students to join, but students can also create video conferences for group work via Zoom and Google Meet
  • To test your computer’s internet connection bandwidth, you can use SpeedTest. Minimum recommended connectivity for Zoom is 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down). Check here for other Zoom system requirements.
  • BU’s Learning Remotely Guide
  • Google Docs and Google Sheets for sharing documents and group work. You have access to unlimited Google Drive storage space with your BU account.
  • Scanning documents with your phone: Take a picture with your phone camera or use an app such as Office Lens, CamScanner, Dropbox app, FineScanner, or Scannable
  • You can easily access many BU Libraries resources online with just your BU username and password. For help with accessing library resources, please visit askalibrarian.bu.edu.
  • Students do not need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access any of the learning management systems, including Blackboard, that are commonly used across BU. 
  • As usual, students experiencing IT issues should email ithelp@bu.edu

Free Access to eTextbooks

The BU Bookstore Barnes & Noble has made an arrangement to provide free access to eTextbooks through VitalSource. More information is listed below and a link to VitalSource is available on the B&N website.