Getting Started with Online Learning

Modified on Fri, 10 May 2024 at 05:14 PM


Before Classes Begin

  • You can participate in your online course from a Mac or PC, desktop or laptop.
    We do NOT recommend tablets, smartphones, or computer notebooks, like Chromebooks for your online class since not all technology used for a online class works consistently with these types of devices.

  • If you need to use a mobile device for Canvas, it is recommended that you only use the Canvas Student app.

    • Please note: You can use the Canvas Student App for some actions in Canvas, but you can't use it for everything. For a list of what you can and can't do, please consult Canvas Student App Tips


Canvas will be a key piece of your program experience and might will the syllabus, weekly or topical modules, and important interaction and discussion with your peers, TAs, and professor. 


Your course might use Zoom for synchronous class meetings, office hours, or other purposes. Your instructor or TA will let you know if your course will use Zoom and if the meetings are optional.

  • Students should create their own Penn Zoom account for use with their Penn LPS classes. This will give you access to premium Zoom features that your instructor may use in class.
  • For information on using Zoom as a student, please consult Zoom for Students or watch the helpful Zoom Student Tutorial video below.

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