Are you new to online learning?
Taking an online course is not nescessarily more difficult or easier than taking an on-campus course. However, the skills needed to succeed are different. This overiew provides some context for how online learning differs from face-to-face classroom learning.
By its very nature, online learning requires a great deal of independent work. In order to succeed, the online learner should:
- Be self-motivated
- Use time management effectively
- Read and write well
- Be willing to spend time with course work
- Work well with others on projects
- Complete assignments without the face-to-face help of the instructor
USF Tutoring & Learning Services offers free Study Smart Workshops to all USF students. Learn more here.
Online learning also requires a basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. In order to succeed, the online learner should:
- Have basic computer skills
- Know how to use a web browser
- Use email and chat
Online Learning with Canvas:
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for online education courses. USF's next generation e-learning tool, Canvas LMS, will be utilized in your program. Here's what you'll need to use Canvas:
Canvas computer requirements:
A minimum screen size of 1024 x 600 pixels, (the average size of a net-book) is required. You probably won't want to view Canvas on a smaller screen than that.
- Windows XP SP3 and newer
- Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
- Linux - chromeOS
- Mobile OS Native App Support
- iOS 5 and newer
- Android 2.3 and newer
Computer Speed and Processor:
- Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
- 1GB of RAM
- 2GHz processor
Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments. (Minimum of 512kbps)
- Latest version of JAWS for Internet Explorer 9 & 10 and Firefox
- Latest version of VoiceOver for Safari
- There is no screen reader support for Chrome