Technology Requirements for iSchool Students

Students coming into the iSchool should come prepared with a basic level of technology skills and access. These skills are necessary for effectively functioning in a graduate program.

Basic Requirements

  • The iSchool does not have a preference for Mac or PC computers, so students should select their preferred format.
  • All students should have a working understanding of Microsoft Office suite or equivalent software.
  • He or she needs to be able to effectively navigate the Internet.
  • In general, students will need consistent access to a computer and high-speed Internet.
  • Students often use various medias including online video conferencing, email, discussion boards, blogs, social media platforms, and other Web-based technologies to “attend” class sessions, communicate with professors and peers, and complete assignments, so students should be willing and able to learn new platforms quickly.

Programming Skills

  • Students are not required to come to the program with programming skills (i.e. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, etc) but having programming skills is an asset for both coursework and future job searches. There are lots of great online resources where you can develop programming skills including W3 Schools and Codeacademy. University of Maryland offers students access to Lynda.com

University Email 

All students are required to setup a University ID that is used to access most online University systems and serves as a student’s email address. Students who wish to use a personal email account to receive University emails must set-up mail forwarding using Testudo.

Online Learning

The University uses the Enterprise Learning Management System (ELMS) “Canvas” for classroom support and communication. Online courses are hosted through ELMS. Professors are required to post materials including the syllabus on the first day of classes, but they may post materials prior. Students login to Canvas with their Directory ID and password.

Available Services

  • University of Maryland provides its students with great resources through its TERPware service. All students have the ability to download (for free!) the Microsoft Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite to their personal computers, in addition to other useful software.
  • Lynda.com is a great resource provided by UMD that allows access to online video tutorials that help users learn software, creative, and business skills.
  • University computer labs are located on both the Shady Grove and College Park campuses.
  • The University Libraries offer an array of services including equipment borrowing; printing, faxing, binding, and lamenting; and in-house hardware.

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