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The Department of Psychology

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

Technical Requirements


Courses will be offered through Moodle. To participate in these courses you will need access to a computer capable of running a modern web browser. You will also need an Internet connection, connection speed of 56K; a broadband (ethernet, cable modem, DSL) connection is highly recommended. In addition, sound output is also necessary for your computer.


You will need to configure your computer’s browser for Moodle, our course management system. All online psychology courses use Moodle, so it is imperative that you learn about Moodle and configure your computer’s browser properly. To get started, move through the steps below:

Watch a video

Click below to watch a 15 minute video to learn more about Moodle:

Technical Information

*For the best web page access use Firefox. Downloads available at:

After watching the video, and viewing the links below, try and configure your computer’s browser:

Get assistance

After watching the Moodle video and visiting the helpful links above, if you need further assistance and/or have questions about Moodle please go to the Moodle Support Site: or email:

When using Moodle, you will need to use a supported Web browser, such as FireFox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Safari. You can find more information related to system requirements here:

Moodle System Requirements or Important Browser Set Up Information

Windows Minimum Requirements

Macintosh Minimum Requirements

Some courses may require additional plugins for your web brower. These plugins may have additional requirements beyond what has been previously stated.

Some of our courses use streaming media which will require a recent version of Apple QuickTime Player, available free of charge from

Quicktime Windows Minimum Requirements

Quicktime Macintosh Minimum Requirements

There also may be external links that require the use of other media players such as RealOne player or Windows media player, both of which are free downloads. You can check and test your web browser here. Also, many courses use Adobe PDF's which require the free Abobe Acrobat Reader. Check the syllabus for your course to see what browser plugins will be required.

Many of UMD´s Web services (electronic library databases) require you to be connected to UMD´s network. We strongly recommend you use a VPN client when connecting from outside of UMD. VPN lets you make a secure connection to a University computer from an off–campus, non–UMD connection (for example, cable or DSL modem). When you use UMD's VPN service, it makes your computer appear as though it is directly attached to UMDNet, and provides the same security and access to restricted resources that you have while on campus. In addition, the university offers students anti–virus software and other security tools.


You can use IMP WebMail to send and receive email to other UMD accounts ( without making any changes.

In addition, you can use your own email program (Outlook, Eudora, Apple Mail, Entourage, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc.). See configure other email clients for details.