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Technology Requirements

  • Requirements for Online Courses

    The courses will be delivered using the University of Florida (UF) centrally supported learning management system, Canvas.

    • You will need a GatorLink ID to access the e-learning site
    • High-speed Internet access and a desktop or laptop computer
    • You will need a web browser; please use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari.
      • Do NOT use ANY version of Internet Explorer.
    • Apple iOS and mobile devices (tablets) are not completely compatible with e-learning
    • A working headset with microphone to participate in optional live chats in Adobe Connect webinar tool
    • You will need Microsoft Word and Excel, which you will be able to download for free as a UF student. As a UF student, you will have access to software training from Lynda.com

    Tools Used in Online Courses

    • Adobe Connect: Live chat sessions are held using the Adobe Connect tool, accessed from the course page in Canvas. Please use a headset during all Adobe Connect chats.
      Watch a video tutorial.
    • VoiceThread: This cloud-based discussion tool is used to record and share project presentations.
      Click here for a student user guide.

    Recorded Lectures

    You may need to install a free copy of Silverlight to access recorded lectures. You can download Silverlight from the Microsoft Website: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

    Library Access

    Distance Education and UF Online Students enjoy the same library privileges as on-campus students.
    To utilize the University of Florida Library System, click here!

    Helpful Links

    Accessing Your UF Email Account

    Once you are a student, all official communication will be sent to your UFL email account. Your GatorLink username makes up the first part of the UFL email address (the part before @ufl.edu). Your UF email can be set up 2 weeks after you have been admitted to the program.

    At a Glance