Terp Young Scholars

Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

Learning Space | Internet Access | Webcam/Microphone | ELMS-Canvas | Supported Browsers | Cisco | Zoom | Adobe/Other Software | Accessibility and Disability Support

Technical Requirements: Terp Young Scholars-Online is designed to introduce students to rigorous college-level coursework. The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. To be successful in an online program Terp Scholars will need to review the following TYS technical requirements.

Designated Learning Space

Prior to the start of the program, Terp Scholars should select a suitable location to engage in their online course. Students' designated learning space will impact their own virtual learning experience, as well as that of their peers.

Ideal designated learning spaces are free of noise, music and other distractions.

Zoom Virtual Backgrounds: The Zoom web conferencing system includes a virtual background feature that allows users to display an image as their background during virtual meetings. When utilizing Zoom for online learning students are encouraged to utilize a virtual background.

For a selection of University of Maryland scenes to add Maryland pride to your virtual meetings, visit UMD Video Conferencing Backgrounds. Terp Scholars can also upload their own classroom appropriate images as their virtual background.

Internet Access

Minimum Connectivity: Broadband (high-speed) 3G or 4G Internet connection.

If you have multiple devices in your home using Wi-Fi, it may be helpful to obtain an Ethernet cable and connect your computer directly to the internet router with the Ethernet cable during your Zoom classes.

Webcam and/or Microphone

In live sessions, use your video camera and attentive, courteous body language. Otherwise it’s easy to get distracted. Most recent laptop models have a built-in camera and microphone that work well with web conferencing systems. You may also find some affordable webcam and microphone attachments to purchase.


ELMS-Canvas is the learning management system used at the University of Maryland. If you are new to ELMS-Canvas, spend some time reviewing the University of Maryland ELMS Orientation.

You can access ELMS-Canvas and other tools you may need to stay connected using most web-enabled devices, including desktops, laptops, and tablets. Most of the tools are browser-based, so all you will need is your device and an Internet connection

The minimum operating systems for ELMS are:

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.10 and newer
  • Linux - chromeOS

Stay up to date with your Terp Young Scholars course by ensuring that your ELMS-Canvas notification settings are set to provide you with alerts about new announcements, content, or assignment postings by your instructor.

Supported Browsers

JavaScript: JavaScript must be enabled to run ELMS-Canvas.

ELMS- Canvas supports the following browsers:

  • Chrome 80 and 81
  • Firefox 74 and 75 (Extended Releases are not supported*)
  • Edge 80 and 81
  • Safari 12 and 13 (Macintosh only)

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser.

Cisco WebEx

Your instructor may hold “live” classes online or office hours using the WebEx web conferencing tool. This resource is often made available via a link within your ELMS-Canvas course.


Zoom is a web conferencing system that offers a variety of interactive features to help you collaborate and connect online. Zoom may be used by your instructors to host classes, office hours and meetings online. Students at the University of Maryland are also assigned a Zoom Pro account that also allows them to host Zoom meetings external to ELMS-Canvas.

After admission, Terp Scholars can use their Directory ID and password to access their Zoom Accounts.

Adobe Resources/ Other Software

As a Terp Scholar, and member of the University of Maryland community, access to new technology is at your fingertips!

Visit TERPware-PC or TERPware-MAC to access many software packages available at no additional cost. Popular products like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more are available for institutional use. Software licenses are only active for as long as you are registered in a course at the University of Maryland.

If you need assistance accessing or installing software please contact the University of Maryland Division of Information Technology at itsupport@umd.edu.

Accessibility and Disability Support Services

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