System Requirements for Online Courses
It is recommended that all software (operating system, browser, Flash, Java, etc.) be completely up to date before the start of each online class. Most online courses use Canvas for assignments, discussion and watching video. Some online courses require synchronous sessions or live meetings as well (check your curse descripton or schedule). Synchronous sessions are hosted online using Adobe Connec, so it is easy to login from any location.
This Learning Management System is used to host your course resources, video segments, discussion boards and other assignments
- We recommend a minimum screen size of 1024x600, which is the average size of a netbook.
- We also recommend an internet connection no slower than a 512 Kbps download speed.
- Windows XP SP3–Windows 8 are supported. Mac OS X 10.6–10.9 are supported. ChromeOS is supported. iOS 5+ on the iPhone and iPad and Android 2.3+ are supported.
- The following browsers are supported:
- Internet Explorer 9 and 10
- Chrome 29 and 30
- Safari 5 and 6
- Firefox 23 and 24
- Flash 10 and 11 (if you want to use the audio/video recording or viewing feature or upload files)
- Respondus Lockdown Browser 4.0
For Adobe Connect
Used for synchronous, live class meetings.
- For the best possible classroom experience, students are recommended to use a headset with a microphone. We recommend the Logitech ClearChat USB headset for best results.
- We recommend a wired broadband internet connection with no slower than a 512 Kbps download speed. Cellular connections (4G, CLEAR, etc.) may not be fast or stable enough for a smooth class experience. Use at your own risk
- We recommend Firefox for maximum compatibility and stability.
- Users have experienced issues on both PCs and Macs with Chrome.
- Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 are supported. Mac OS X 10.7.4–10.9 are supported. Ubuntu 12.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, and OpenSuSE 12.2 are also supported.
- There are mobile Adobe Connect apps for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android.
For more information, see the official Adobe Connect tech specs page.
National Distance Learning Week Events
Arts & Sciences Online Learning's celebration of National Distance Learning Week
Please save the Date(s) for Arts & Sciences Online Learning's celebration of National Distance Learning Week (November 10th - 14th):
Monday 11/10 - 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Online Learning Studio Open House. Visit the Arts & Sciences Online Learning studio and learn about the latest credit online courses, massive open online courses, digital learning projects, and more. @ 3624 Market Street, Suite 5W (5th Floor)
Tuesday 11/11 - 10:00 - 11:30 am - Teaching Online for Credit and in Coursera. A panel discussion featuring Dr. Carol Muller (Music and Africa Center) and Dr. Peter Struck (Classics), Dr. Ed Dixon (German and Penn Language Center), moderated by Dr. Peter Decherney (English and Cinema Studies) @ Kislack Center, Van Pelt Library (6th Floor)
Wednesday 11/12 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm - Reflections on Revolutionary Ideas. A discussion with Dr. Alex Guerrero (Philosophy and Medical Ethics and Health Policy) and students from his recent massive open online course (MOOC). Online @ right here at www.sas.upenn.edu/onlinelearning
Thursday 11/13 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Teaching and Learning Online: Roundtable Discussion in Adobe Connect with Dr. Kristine Rabberman (Director of Academic Affairs for PLE) and her students. Experience Adobe Connect, a frequently used platform for synchronous online classes, and participate in a discussion about the experience and advantages of taking classes online at Penn. Join at https://pennlps.adobeconnect.com/demo
Friday 11/14 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Structured, Active, In-Class Learning (SAIL) panel feat. Dr. Rogers Smith (Political Science), Dr. Rebecca Stein (Economics), Dr. Cathy Turner (Center for Teaching and Learning and English) moderated by Dr. Julie McGurk (Center for Teaching and Learning and Biological Basis of Behavior) @ Active Learning Classroom 208 in the ARCH (2nd Floor)