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Technology Requirements

Requirements for Online Courses

  • High-speed Internet access and a desktop or laptop computer
  • MULTIPLE Internet browsers (e.g., 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 Office software installed and basic skills for using Word and Excel

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.

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 two weeks after you have been admitted to the program.

Learn More About the Program

Click for details about the Microbiology & Cell Science online graduate programs.