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Software Checklist

Are You Ready for Digital Learning at North Island College?

This software, bookmarks and NIC support resource checklist is to help you be ready for learning at North Island College.

Software and Apps

We recommend the following software and applications for learning success at North Island College. It is advised you download and install the following software and apps before you begin your studies.


Web Browsers 

Recommend for PC: Chrome or Firefox

Recommended for Mac: Chrome, Safari or Firefox


Microsoft Office 365

Including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc. (for assignments, homework, projects)

Free download for NIC students from:



Scanning Documents App


Adobe Acrobat DC

For editing and doing a bit more with PDF documents than Adobe Acrobat Reader

Free download for NIC students from: (Adobe Acrobat tab):



BlueJeans App

For computer or laptop (for optimal engagement experiences on BlueJeans video conferencing software)

Free download from:




For mobile devices (for staying connect with course schedules, pay tuition, course grades, registration etc.)

Free download from: (see tab at top of page)


Other Software

Your instructor may suggest other subscriptions, software downloads or purchases of software required for your course. See course outline or ask instructor.


Student Technical Services: Access Testing

We recommend you can access and view these pages related to NIC’s Student Technical Services team. These are the key support pages and resources will want to have ready when you have a technology question!

Locate Home Page

  • This is the home page that includes a calendar of Brightspace Drop-In Sessions for asking questions, learning new features and functions, and gaining more comfort with the learning platform!


Locate Ask A Question Page


Locate Microsoft Office 365 Download Page


My NIC: Student Portal Testing

We recommend you test that you can log in, navigate, and undertake key activities in MyNIC student portal.

Locate link

Can successfully log in

Can find links for Brightspace courses

  • Can successfully see your Brightspace courses and can click on links to directly access

Can access webmail

  • Can successfully find and access your email within MyNIC

Can use MyNIC to see my financial information

  • Can find your financial information including receipts, charges on account and tax information

Can find key dates

  • Can find key dates and important details about deadlines and due dates for being a student at NIC

Can change mailing address

  • Can locate the area in MyNIC where you can change your mailing address


Important NIC Bookmarks

We recommend the following bookmarks for easy access to North Island College Learning tools and sites.
Check off the boxes when you have created the bookmark.

North Island College Website

Life at NIC

NIC Student Technical Services Website – supporting students with technology questions

NIC Library and Learning Commons

NIC Student Services

MyNICself-service student portal to all NIC services

NIC Brightspace – course learning management system

NIC MediaSpace (Kaltura)video creation, storage, and streaming platform

Career Central – NIC Employment Services


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