Minimum Technology Requirements for Distance Learning
When participating in distance education courses, it is vital to consider the technology needed in order to have a successful course. We recommend that you meet the technical requirements below when using the learning management system (LMS) of the University.
Note: For additional required hardware or software requirements for your course(s), contact your instructor or refer to the course syllabus for additional information on their requirements.
- A computer (desktop/laptop) or mobile device (smartphone/tablet) that is less than 5 years old will work.
- NOTE: Chromebooks are not recommended and may not be compatible with all third-party tools used in course shells.
- Speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or videos presented in courses.
- Webcam for interacting in course activities that require video feedback from students (such as VoiceThread), video test proctoring (such as Respondus Monitor), or other third-party tools.
The following software is required :
- An Internet Browser, such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome preferred. (See Internet Browser section for more information.)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version) - Download
- Google Chrome (latest version) - Download
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version) - Download.
- Microsoft Office (includes Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
- A stable Internet connection of 56K or greater is required. (However, please note that a 56K connection may degrade the quality of your experience.)
Various browsers may be able to access the learning management system. We recommend the following tips:
- Use the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. (Please note that eLearning (TAMIU's learning management system) may not be fully compatible with the latest versions of each browser.)
- NOTE: Do not use Internet Explorer. This browser is obsolete and is no longer supported by Blackboard.
- 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.