University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Muma COB Graduate Student Online Resource Guide

Technology

Technology

Due to the nature of online learning, almost all of your participation in these courses will be conducted via technology. At a minimum, you should feel comfortable with the following basic skills in order to be successful:

  • navigating the internet using a web browser
  • sending and receiving emails with attachments
  • communicating via discussion boards and web conferences
  • use word processing software
  • download and upload documents to a website

Tutorials

Video Tutorials

Through USF, you have access to a free video tutorial system to help you learn how to use any of the technologies mentioned below (Microsoft Word, Gmail, Canvas), and any other tools that you will need to use during your college career via LinkedIn Learning. 

How to Use LinkedIn Learning

Login to LinkedIn Learning

Basic Skills

USF Email

All email correspondence involving your coursework and academic record must occur through your USF Email account. You should check your email on a daily basis for important information and communications from your Professors.

All students are given Google mail accounts. The email address assigned will start with your NetID and end with @usf.edu. With USF Email, you have storage and access to BOX.

Access your email through my.usf.edu

Word Processing

Most, if not all, of your courses, will require you to submit your written work using an electronic document. The preferred program to type your papers is Microsoft Word. 

You can download the entire Microsoft Office suite to your computer for free or access the program through the USF Application Gateway from any computer. 

Canvas

Canvas is the learning management system used by the University of South Florida and is where you can access all of your online courses. Each of your courses may make use of different features within Canvas, but at the minimum, you should become familiar with the items below in order to participate fully in all of your courses.

The following tips and links provide you with specific information and tutorials, but you can also explore the Canvas Student Guide or the Canvas Student Video Guides further to learn more.

Announcements - Check your course announcements regularly. Your Professors may use this to communicate important information about your classes.

Calendar - The calendar will display due dates for assignments that your Professor has created within the course. You can also use the calendar as your personal planning tool. 

Modules - This page is typically where Professors organize the course content. This may be organized by content topic or week. 

Assignments - This page will list off your course assignments in order by their due date. 

Discussions - This page allows you to see all of the course discussions. This tool is used to engage with other students as if you were having a discussion in class. 

Grades - Check this page for assignment scores, feedback from your Professor, and course grades.

Access Canvas through my.usf.edu or at usflearn.instructure.com.

There are also video tutorials at:

Canvas Set Up - Profile and Notifications

When you first log in to Canvas, set up your profile and notifications preferences so you will get all communications from your instructors. (Go to Account / Notifications) More detail is available in the Notifications Guide.

Master the Learning Tools

  • Have robust and up-to-date access to a computer and Internet service.
    The course content and interaction are accessed by computer through the Internet. Some content and activities may be accessible by mobile services but most online learning will be best accomplished with broadband service. You must have access to the necessary equipment.

Technical Requirements

In order to take courses online at USF St. Petersburg campus, you will need to have access to a computer that meets these basic system requirements. 

Screen Resolution
A minimum of 1024x600

Operating Systems
Windows 10 and newer
Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
Linux - chromeOS
Mobile OS Native App Support
iOS 7 and newer
Android 2.3 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor
A computer less than five years old
8GB of RAM
2GHz processor

Internet Speed
Minimum of 512kbps

Web Browsers
Chrome is the recommended browser for use with Canvas and is also the required browser for Proctorio, a proctoring tool with identity verification, test monitoring, and a number of other features to ensure academic integrity.

Visit this page to download Google Chrome to your computer. 

Additional Technologies
Certain courses may also require you to use additional technology. For example, courses that use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra may require you to have access to a web camera and/or microphone. Be sure to review the technology requirements for your specific course.