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Technology Requirements & Recommended Skills

Technology Requirements/Technical Skills for Incoming Students

The revolution in information technologies has transformed nearly every aspect of campus life. Ideally, students should possess a wide variety of computer skills upon entering UNG.

Students in an online or hybrid program should be comfortable with these skill sets:

Problem solving
Critical thinking
Enjoy written communication
What You Will Need and What You Can Expect
  • Have easy access to the Internet
  • Have a working knowledge of computers, including hardware, operating systems, software installation, web browsing, and file storage/management
  • Navigate eLearning (D2L), including using the email component within eLearning
  • Be willing to learn how to communicate using a discussion board
  • Be comfortable uploading and downloading assignments to a classroom website
  • Navigate the World Wide Web using a Web Browser, such as Firefox or Safari
  • Be aware of major legal, ethical, and security issues in information technology (i.e., privacy, copyright, plagiarism, citing sources, “netiquette,” hacking, hoaxes, and viruses) and abide by appropriate technology use guidelines for document creation and web-based communications
  • Engage in computer-based communication using email, email attachments, discussion boards and social media applications
  • Be able to create structured electronic documents using computer applications, such as word processing programs and text editors
  • Produce digital media-enhanced presentations utilizing tools, such as Microsoft PowerPoint/Movie Maker or Apple Keynote/iMovie
  • Use appropriate online sources for research and use wise judgment as to the validity and usefulness of web-based sources and their content

The general rule of thumb regarding college studying is that for each class, students should spend approximately two-three hours of study time outside of class for each hour spent in class.

You should be spending roughly 30 hours of study time and 15 hours in class. These 45 hours are the equivalent of a full-time job, which is the reason that you’re called a "full-time" student. For many, this number is can be a surprise.

Before You Begin Your Online Course

Before beginning an online course, you need to be aware of a few technology issues.

Please read the following carefully. These issues must be addressed before you begin your coursework.

Please note: Your instructor may have additional requirements. Please refer to your course syllabus.

Browser Check

Your browser (Firefox, Safari, etc.), needs to be a certain version.

Browsers that are not supported could (will) cause you problems.

On the eLearning login page, you will find a link for a system check.

Please perform this test to see if you are using a browser that is compatible with eLearning.


It is possible that you will need plug-ins such as Adobe Acrobat Reader and others.

Running a check with the browser checker should tell you which plug-ins you have and don't have.


Some courses use audio or audio/video presentations.

You may need to have Flash Player installed to see and hear these presentations.

There are also some optional videos that require the installation of RealPlayer.

Internet Connection

It is highly recommended that you use an Internet connection faster than 56K.

DSL or Cable at home or a high bandwidth connection on a campus are suitable.

UNG follows Section 508 Standards and WCAG 2.0 for web accessibility. If you require the content on this web page in another format, please contact the ADA Coordinator.

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