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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 a computer or access to a computer with video and audio capability, plus a webcam and headset with a microphone if they are not already part of the computer. This is required equipment when using online proctoring software such as Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor and ProctorU (Google Chromebooks are not supported).
  • Have access to the Internet
  • Have a working knowledge of computers, including hardware, operating systems, software installation, web browsing, and file storage/management. Learn how to use technology and basic computer skills.
  • 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 Internet with a browser such as Chrome, 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 and social media
  • Be able to create structured electronic documents using applications such as Microsoft Office
  • Produce digital media-enhanced presentations using software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, Apple iMovie, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe Photoshop
  • 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. Refer to your course syllabus.

Browser Check

Be sure to use the latest versions and keep them up-to-date. Download and use Chrome and Firefox.

Using an unsupported browser, or an outdated version, will cause problems accessing online class materials.

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.

Mobile Devices

eLearning@UNG (D2L) software is designed to be mobile-friendly, but not all features will be available. Using a mobile device for doing work in an online class is not recommended.


Some courses use audio or audio/video presentations.

Be sure your computer can provide smooth playback of online media.

Internet Connection

Reasonably high-speed Internet access is highly recommended. Computer workstations with Internet access are available at UNG campus libraries.

Wi-Fi is available in most buildings on UNG campuses.

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.
Please note that some of the images and videos on our site may have been taken before social distancing, face coverings and restricted gatherings were required.

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