Distance Education - Technical Requirements

Minimum Technology Requirements for Distance Learning

When participating in distance education courses, it is vital to consider the technology involved in order to have a successful course. It recommended that you meet the following technical requirements when using the learning management system (LMS) of the University:

Required Hardware

  • A computer (desktop/laptop) or mobile device (smartphone/tablet) that is less than 5 years old will work.

Required Software

The following software is required :

  • An Internet Browser (See Internet Browser section for more information.)

Optional Software

  • MS Office 2007 or greater (includes Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Internet Connection

  • A stable Internet connection of 56K or greater is required. (However, please note that a 56K connection may degrade the quality of your experience.)

Internet Browser

Various browsers may be able to access the learning management system. We recommend the following tips:

  • Use Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or higher (Mac or PC), Internet Explorer 7 or higher (PC). (Please note that eLearning (learning management system) may not fully be compatible with the latest versions of each browser.)
  • Be sure to properly configure your Internet browser. (Please note that Mozilla Firefox is the university-preferred browser. To download Firefox, please visit http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/.)
  • You may check if your browser is properly configured via the Browser Check provided below. This component will also be provided in the learning management system.


Instructional Technology & Distance Education Services
Office of Information Technology

Killam Library 259
Phone: 956.326.2792
Fax: 956.326.2299
E-mail: elearning@tamiu.edu

5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 Work956.326.2100