UMobile Online students must be competent in basic computer skills and have regular access to the internet. You will also need a word processing program and at least two of the following browsers installed: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Please note that because of the nature of their content, some courses may have specific technical or software requirements.
Students are also strongly encouraged to compose all course writing in a word processing program from which text can be copied to course text boxes, forums, and email screens. (Highlight Ctrl-C copies text; Ctrl-V pastes it to a new location.) As is the case with all secure systems, MyUM automatically logs inactive users out after a period of time and any internet connection can experience disruptions, both of which can result in lost text if you are composing online.
Using your word processing program safeguards your writing, provides you with a record of your participation, and allows you the advantage of formatting, editing, and spell checking features. This practice also affords you the opportunity to review your writing closely before submitting it, and can save you time re-writing as well as disappointment over lost work.