It is important that all distance education students have convenient access to appropriate technology. Be aware that individual courses may require additional access to textbooks, CDs, DVDs, video tapes, audio tapes, or other specialized software. Information on course-specific, required materials is provided to students at the beginning of each semester.

Technical Requirements

Most DE courses are online; however, any site-based course may also require an online component. View the University Course Schedule to see how your course will be delivered. Learn how to use those delivery methods below.


Moodle is an open source learning management system used to deliver course content, administer quizzes, submit assignments, and more, all in a secure online environment. When used alone, Moodle is an asynchronous tool, but instructors may utilize a Saba Meeting meeting in conjunction with Moodle. Learn to use the Moodle resources hereLog into Moodle.

Students should access Moodle with the recommended web browsers

Google Drive

To access files with Google Drive system and browser requirements must be met.

Saba Meeting

Saba Meeting is a web conferencing program which lets people interact with one another "live" in a virtual online meeting environment. You can meet, learn and collaborate from anywhere you have access to a computer and an Internet connection using multi-way audio and video, application sharing and content display.  All Saba Meeting sessions are automatically recorded, so those unable to attend the live meeting can playback the session at a later time. Professors and students can open live sessions directly from their Moodle courses for classes, virtual office hours, problem-solving sessions and more. Students can view and download recordings from Moodle courses as well.

View and Check Saba Meeting Technical Requirements

Panopto CourseCast

Panopto CourseCast. Some faculty members are recording lectures and providing these lectures over the web via Panopto CourseCast. Your instructor will provide you with the class username and password (case-sensitive) required to log into CourseCast.

Computer Recommendations

The following computer recommendations come from NinerTech. NinerTech Store was launched in 2009 with its founding principle to be a leading provider of service to the campus. Operating as a nonprofit arm of the university, NinerTech concentrates on providing services that are unique, exemplary, and irreplaceable. 

*College Of Engineering has a different set of recommended computersCollege of Arts + Architecture has a different set of recommended computers

Software Recommendations

Recommended Free Software Downloads

ITS Software Downloads

Software is available to students registered for classes in the current term to install at no additional charge through ITS Downloads.

It is highly recommened students have an AntiVirus software. If you do not have one, please download: Trend Micro Including AntiVirus (PC, Mac)

Microsoft Office 365

The Microsoft Student Advantage Program allows UNC Charlotte students to have a free subscription to Office 365 ProPlus while they are actively enrolled as students.  Microsoft Office aims to provide a comprehensive set of tools to collect and consolidate any type of information; a quick and easy way to share critical information with others. Get Access to Office 365

Software for Purchase