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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. To participate in the courses, you will need:

  • A GatorLink ID to access the e-learning site
  • High-speed Internet access and a desktop or laptop computer
  • 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
  • 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

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:

Final Exam

Students will need to meet the ProctorU requirements in order to take their final exam. These technical requirements can be found at:

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 Your UF email can be set up 2 weeks after you have been admitted to the program.

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