O.2 What technology is used?O.2 What technology is used?
- Canvas Orientation
- Canvas orientation course created by World Campus
- PSU Student Technology site
- Penn State's student technology guide
- Statistical Software page
- Stat Department list of software needed for each course.
- Technical help and support resourcses
- List of contact information for various technical support services
Technical Requirements for Online CoursesTechnical Requirements for Online Courses
Recommended Technical Requirements for "Frustration Free" Computing
To review minimum technical requirements for individual statistical software packages, please visit the technical support pages of the individual vendors. See Statistical Software page.
STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO DOWNLOAD, INSTALL AND TEST COMPUTER AND BROWSER REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF CLASSES.
Windows 7 or newer with the latest service packs (XP Professional required with SAS)
Please Note: SAS 9.1.3 and earlier versions are not supported by Vista at this time. Students using Vista Home Edition will want to run SAS version 9.2 (8/4/09). See Statistical Software page.
Also Note: While the course management system, interactive online conferencing tools, links to course notes and special example materials can all be accessed using either a PC or a Mac, Minitab and SAS are both PC products only. For courses where submitted work or examples primarily involve Minitab or SAS, students are strongly recommended to have access to a PC with this software.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 or Pentium 4, 2-GHz or higher|
|Memory||2 GB of RAM or higher|
|Hard Drive Space||2 GB free disk space|
Now that Penn State has adopted Canvas as its course management system Chrome is the preferred browser for students in the program to use. It has consistently provided the fastest performance and experienced fewest number of technical problems.
Check Canvas's Which browsers does Canvas support? page to review the requirements for accessing the full range of the Canvas Course Management System features.
Or, check the Canvas Computer Specifications if your course is in Canvas.
|Internet Connection||Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required. At least 2 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload is required for exams proctored through Examity—test internet speed at www.speedtest.net|
|Printer||Access to graphics-capable (inkjet or laser printer)|
|DVD-ROM||Required for installation of SAS|
|Sound Card / Speakers||Required (headset with microphone recommended - see below)|
15" monitor; SVGA or better (capable of at least 1024 X 768 resolution, 16-bit graphics)
|Webcam and Microphone||Built in or external webcam and microphone required for courses that have exams proctored through Examity. Also, some courses (STAT 507, STAT 557, STAT 580, STAT 581) may involve students making use of the video conferencing software. For these courses a headset with microphone is required. (a video camera is not required).|
Some Courses (STAT 414, STAT 415, STAT 502, and others) require students to have immediate access to a scanner or copy machine that will copy written work involving complex formulas into .pdf files that can be sent in email as attachments or uploaded into Canvas assignments. STAT 414 would require such access due to the amount of complex formulation students would be involved in authoring.
Please Note: Immediate local access to a printer/scanner is essential when students are taking proctored exams in STAT 414 and STAT 415 through Examity.
Please Note: Many office copy machines and some printers have this capability built in.
Courses with Proctored Exams
For courses using Examity you must meet the following technical requirements.
Examity® System Requirements
- You must take the exam on a desktop computer or laptop (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our requirements).
- You must have a working built-in or external webcam and microphone.
- Your Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.
- Operating systems: Windows XP–Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)–10.11 (El Capitan)
- Browser with pop-up blocker disabled: Google Chrome v39 or later, Mozilla Firefox v34 or later, Internet Explorer v8 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later.
Use this Examity System Check to determine if your computer is ready:
Reaching Examity® 24/7 Support
- Phone: 855-392-6489
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Live Chat: Click on the live chat link located at the top and bottom of your Examity® portal.
Learning Management System: CanvasLearning Management System: Canvas
The course administrative functions such as announcements, gradebook, homework assignments, quizzes and exams are all accessed from within Canvas, Penn State's learning management system.
There are numerous resources we recommend you review if this is your first time using Canvas.
Take a Screen CaptureTake a Screen Capture
In the online environment, being able to capture graphs, images and equations is an important skills for assignments, discussion forums and even troubleshooting issue with your instructor to the help desk.
Most new operating systems come equipped with some sore of screen capture tool. Here are the basic ones.
- PrtScn: Another option is to use the print screen ("PrtScn") function which will copy your entire screen, then paste into Word and crop down to only the necessary part of the screen.
- SHIFT + S: (Windows 10 only)
Using built-in tool
- Snipping Tool: Computers with Windows Vista and later will have a snipping tool. This will allow you select a portion of your screen. Then, you can copy it and paste it.
- ⌘ + shift + 4 : This will allow you to select a portion of your screen. By default, this saves your screenshot as a graphic
Using Built-in tool
- Grab: This tool will allow you to capture, the entire screen or just a selection.
Once you have your image you can then upload it to Canvas or add it to your document.
Uploading an image to a Canvas Forum or Quiz
As a student in our online STAT courses you may have to upload an image to a discussion, quiz or assignment in Canvas. Canvas provides a way to upload directly from their rich content editor.
View the step-by-step procedures in the Canvas documentation.
Working with Images in Documents
Cropping a picture in Word
There are times where you have to crop your screenshot to only show certain parts of the image in your document.