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This page is a compilation of topics related to distance education. You will find tutorials, software links and other helpful items that will help you to be a successful student. Students, thanks for your input in making this page a better resource.

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David DePatie Jr.
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Attending Meetings via Zoom

Introduction to Zoom

The best experience for joining a Zoom meeting is to install the Zoom client before clicking on the link for the meeting.

Join FRE Zoom

ONE TAP Faculty Meeting PHONE CALL
Press link from your phone for one tap phone call

You will not need to enter meeting number, it will do so automatically. Press # when prompted for a Participant number When prompted, say your name and press #
Join FRE Zoom
Press link from your phone for one tap phone call

You will not need to enter meeting number, it will do so automatically. Press # when prompted for a Participant number When prompted, say your name and press #

Press link from your phone for one tap phone call

You will not need to enter meeting number, it will do so automatically. Press # when prompted for a Participant number When prompted, say your name and press #


ONE TAP David's Zoom Room PHONE CALL
Press link from your phone for one tap phone call

You will not need to enter meeting number, it will do so automatically. Press # when prompted for a Participant number When prompted, say your name and press #

To Connect by PHONE use one of the numbers to the right:

Enter the room number , #
Say your Name , #

You will then be entered into room

(305) 859-3847
(646) 558-8656
(646) 568-7788

West Coast
(408) 638-0968
(415) 762-9988


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ADA Compliance @UF
ADA Form
*Adobe Connect
Adobe Reader Update
Browser Accessible Add-Ons
Browser Issues:
*Campus Cab
Canvas TA's
Cisco phone 1151
*Course Reserve Guide
Drawing Programs

eLearning LSS-Tips
Evals of Instructor
Exit Survey For FRE Graduates
FRE Facebook
Flash & Reader Updates
Grade-A-Gator (Canvas)
Gator Cloud - 1drive - Lync - 365
Groups In Canvas
JIng 5 min. Screen Capture
Khan Academy
Law | Constitution | USCode
List Serves
LSS Issues
Lynda Training
Mac 2 PC RDP
Mix for PowerPoint
OneNote Collaboration in Office 365 [For Instructors]
OneNote In Education
OneNote Training (Super tool)
Online course Success
Outlook Away Notices
Fix PowerPoint TOO LARGE


Speed Test / PingOver60=Problems
*Stata Data MGMT
Student Self Service
Technical Req & Expectations
Teaching Assistants
UF IT Alerts
Video Help
*Voice Thread
VLC Player
Web Page Editors
*Windows on MAC using Boot Camp
Zoom Links

Professional Etiquette

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Office 365 ProPlus: Free Download

On Classroom Computers | Student Licensing

Maybe at Discount: Software Licensing Agreements

Connect to Apps Anywhere, Anytime, on all your Devices

Shareware | Stats | COLT

Voice thread | VLC | VPN

Lynda new courses button U F computer requirements button
U F apps link

This YouTube is from UFITU F apps You tube demo


This Video shows the step to install UF-APPS on a Mac

video demo using U F Apps on a MAC

This Video shows the step to add Publisher to Favorites
and Work with and save files in UF APPS

adding favorites and new app in U F apps

This Video shows how to use Excel and Word in UF Apps

using word and excel in U F apps

If you have a VPN client (Cisco AnyConnect) here are the step to connect to your drive:

  1. Launch VPN client; and login
  2. To map a drive
    1. Go to WINDOWS explorer by using the keys  windows logo + [E]
    2. Click computer icon in explorer on the left
    3. Then Click on map network drive button  at the top of the window
    4. Paste in the following:  \\ad.ufl.edu\ifas\FRE
    5. Click Finish
    6. You should see Users and Groups
    7. User is YOUR folder
    8. In Groups you will find DESTUDIO

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Not Free Software

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News Articles:

Adobe - how-send-pdf-form-e-mail
Peer2Peer 2016 Summer [June 17]
Graham Cluley's Security Newsletter
VoiceThread Roadmap for 2016
Microsoft R Client
PowerShell Videos and Posts

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ACANO; Web Collaboration tool

Acano's platform-enabled audio and video meetings, screen sharing and chat help you connect and collaborate with your team. Little more difficult to use that Adobe Connect
Logon LINK
User: Gatorlink Username@acano.uc.ufl.edu
Password: Gatorlink Password

Personal Cospace Info:
Call ID: Your UFID Number

Download the client: http://acano.com/help/
New link to Cisco Meeting Client (Still Says Acano on the application on load)

Adobe Connect for FRE

To use Adobe Connect you should run the audio setup wizzard each time you enter the room

Adobe® Connect™ Mobile for iOS & Andriod

Adobe connect logo


Adobe Connect can host, attend, present, and completely drive collaboration in Adobe® Connect™ meetings - anywhere, anytime.

Adobe Connect iOS Version

Adobe Connect Andriod Version






Adobe Connect TEST

Adobe Documents Editors

Illustrator Photoshop InDesign Print Design Guide

adobe design programs at a glance, photoshop illustrator in design

Adobe Flash & Reader Updates

Flash Player Check your version

Update Flash (uncheck extra and free items)

Adobe Reader Update (uncheck extra and free items)


Documentation | Videos | Deborah Kurata |

Backup your Taskbar

This is a file that will automate the process: TaskBar Backup Batch File [you must right click and download the file and NOT click it]

Browser Issues:

It is strongly suggested that you install FIREFOX browser! If you are using Internet Explorer (IE) there will be issues in Canvas. You might have to right click links and then select "Open in new tab"

Recommended Browser = FIREFOX

Firefox Browser logoUF Computing Requirements states that Firefox is the Browser for UF use.

As a backup for video use you can try CHROME Chrome Browser logobut, over the years this browser had failed at times.

Very poor choices for browswers are Internet Explorer and Safari

Firefox Plugins Update Check

Check Your Plugins

Browsers Supported For UF Websites

Browsers: Clearing Cache & Cookies

Canvas UF Wiki ↓ | Access Reports (Verbose) |

Access Reports Install:

For those power users who are impatient, here are the quick install steps.

  1. Install a browser add-on: Greasemonkey for Firefox or Tampermonkey for Chrome/Safari
  2. Install the Access Report Data user script.
  3. Navigate to the People page and click on the "Access Report Data" button

If you run into problems, be sure to go back and read the instructions.

TA's in Canvas, new rolls

T/A Grading and T/A Non-Grading CANNOT view question banks, while Lead T/A can. The differences between the difference types are as follows:

Lead T/A T/A Grading T/A Non-Grading
Can add and edit most content in their sections as well as view, grade, and interact with students. Helps teach a course.  Can access quizzes, assignments, and the grade book to carry out grading functions in support of the instructor. With a few exceptions, cannot add, edit, or delete any course content. Can view most aspects of the course, participate in discussions and manage groups but cannot access grading functions or edit content and update course material.

What roles are available in Canvas?


STUDENTS - ALWAYS SET Notification Preferences (text version)
Video Option

Canvas Guides


Canvas Help Page

In Canvas, How Do I...?

CISCO Phone in 1151 :

Cisco 7937 IP Conference Guide PDF

Cisco VPN:

University of Florida Anyconnect VPN Clients

If you have a VPN client (Cisco AnyConnect) here are the step to connect to your drive:

  1. Launch VPN client; and login
  2. To map a drive

    1. Go to WINDOWS explorer by using the keys  windows logo + [E]

    2. Click computer icon in explorer on the left
    3. Then Click on map network drive button at the top of the window
    4. Paste in the following:  \\ad.ufl.edu\ifas\FRE
    5. Click Finish
    6. You should see Users and Groups
    7. User is YOUR folder
    8. In Groups you will find DESTUDIO


Copyright page and contact

Copyright for Online Teaching Power Point


Drawing Programs

These programs are for the actual on screen writing that the Khan videos are so well known for. Essentially, you can use any drawing program from Adobe Photoshop, to Paint in order to create the images on your screen. The real heavy lifting is done by the capture programs listed above. Here are some of the options available, but you probably already have one or more programs on your computer that can do this.

DropBox for Temporary Large File uploads (not approved for restricted data.)

Email Convention:

With the current enrollment at 48,975 student, it is a little difficult to tell what classes you are in this semester. Please create a subject as follows and body as follows:

Subject: Dr Weldon's, online AEB1234, Section 2468

Body: Dear Dave, I am currently unable to view the syllabus for Dr. Weldons class.

Hey, Reader!; by Lynn Gaertner-Johnston


ePortfolio in One Minute

As a Student; How do I create a new ePortfolio?

ePortfolios @ Cornell

What are ePortfolios?
Why use ePortfolios?
How can you get started with integrating ePortfolios?
How can you introduce ePortfolios?
What are some ePortfolio learning activities?
How can you assess ePortfolios?
What can be done with the final products?


As eTools and cloud services become increasingly available it is extremely important to make informed choices about appropriate use of these resources, taking into consideration both benefits and risks.

Approval Process

eTools Assessment

eTools Restrictions and Caveats

Exit Survey For FRE Graduates

Exit Survey For FRE Graduates

Exit Survey LINK

http://www.phishtank.com/ At least Check your links



Faculty Institute Training (in Sakai)

FireFox Check and SpeedTest

Flash Player Update

FRE Phone Numbers

Gator Cloud

Grade-A-Gator (Canvas)


Download Java for Windows

Windows Checker


JING - free screen capture tool

JING download: JING. This is a FREE screen capture tool with a time limitation of five (5) minutes.  Materials are easily uploaded to Screencast.com for later sharing by mail or Sakai. Here is a Tutorial sample. There are many great tutorials and instructions on the Jing site.

Khan Academy

UF/IFAS List Server

List Serves:



Here are the directions to subscribe to public lists:

Here are the public lists:

LSS Known Issues

Lynda Training UF offers to Student and Faculty




MAC with no extensions

By Default MAC computers HIDE EXTENSIONS -> THE FIX

MAC on Wireless...

There is a known issue with Sophos anti-virus on Mac's running OS-X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).  Basically, the Sophos service shuts itself off periodically, and the client gets quarantined from the wireless. There is a discussion thread on the Sophos anti-virus web-site because this appears to be a known issue. 

Macintosh File Extensions:

Many times Macintosh disables or HIDES extensions on files. This will cause an issue for assignments. Your instructor will not be able to open the file. ALWAYS make sure that Hide extensions is UNCHECKED!!! In the example below the homework is not going to be able to be graded. Resulting in a Zero Grade.

How to Join A Mac to The Domain

Mediasite LTI within Sakai

"Microsoft OneDrive for Business"

Microsoft Office for Students

Office 365 ProPlus: The New Microsoft Office for Students

UFIT is happy to announce the new Microsoft Student Advantage program. Because of the University's enterprise agreement with Microsoft, students are able to download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.


2013 Quick Start Guides

Excel 2013 Training | Excel Glossary
Word training
PowerPoint training

Where can I get training on Office 365 ProPlus?

Microsoft Mix

Mix for PowerPoint Installer           Accessibility features in Office Mix

  Mix Tutorials

Mix on Lynda

Mix For Educators From Mix.office | Mix For Educators From MixForTeachers | How to Best Use Mix

Mix For Students

Mix Guide

Galley | YourMixes

Works on iPad, need Live.com account

Must Have Office 365 (free for students)

Word | Excel | Power Point

Office Products for iPad (will open iTunes for you)

OneNote in under a minute and a half

Online Learning and Multitasking


What Makes a Successful Online Learner?

5 Tips to Succeed in an Online Course

Online Learning Strategies for Success


PLAZA @ UF [Help document] FTP Program - FileZilla

Project Based Tools

Plagiarism: Stopping word thieves © 2012 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

PolyCom Dial-in # 352-273-4999. Enter conference ID when prompted, press #

PPTX in Adobe Connect

Quick Registration - LSS non-credit

Research Support Tool - University of Florida's Integrated; designed to streamline proposal workflow, tracking and reporting

Respondus: Assessment Creation Applications

Link to Sakai for Respondus

Respondus LockDown Browser Installation

Sakai File Updates

Upload Sakai Files

Samsung UF-80 Quick Start Guide | User Manual (ELMO | Document Camera)

Secunia - Personal Software Inspector (PSI)

Free PC and mobile security for your home. Insecure software is one of the biggest threats to PC and mobile security. Use the FREE consumer products from Secunia to keep your software up to date and protected from vulnerabilities.

Screencasting Software Links

Screen shot & DOC Extension

Selective Release in Sakai

Skype for Windows, Why does it crash my desktop computer?

Software Licensing Services!

Software DigitalWorlds

Software Secure Remote Proctor

Soil & Water Seminars

Sound will not play in Power Point

Narration For Power Point

Tax Consumer Certificate of Exemption

T4 -

Forms/Handouts: Here is a link to the Website Communication Strategy Form.

August 14, 2014 Video Recording (@ Straughn Center MediaSite)

TERMINALFOUR Recording (Adobe Connect)

Teaching Assistants

Resources for Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistant Handbook

Training IFAS

Training and Professional Development

Training UF offers to Student and Faculty

Turn It In

Tutorials by Subject

Turn It In Originality Report Quick Overview

Turn It In help logo Tutorials

Video & Collaboration Services

Video Conferencing Help

Vimeo Tutorial

Virtual Machine:

Voice Thread at UF

Click this link to logon to Voice Thread (you will authenticate with your UF Gatorlink)


This is a Tutorial Overview Document

Professor User Guide


This is a Tutorial Overview Document

How to Create JPG's from Power Point

How to Upload JPG's and Make Comments

After you login there are some extra tutorials in voice thread; go to My voice, then click on the tutorials link. After you login Watch '1 Minute Voice Thread' first as this is the most informative clip. LSS additional info on Voice Thread.

VLC Multimedia Player

VLC Video Playerfor Mac & PC users, for those having problems watching videos with the installed default players...

Web Editors - Trellian | Coffee Cup | KompoZer | HTML Kit

Writing Resources


RefWorks - (citing references) - https://www.refworks.com/...

Webinar Schedule – http://www.refworks.com/content/webinars/default.asp
Quick Start Guide – http://www.refworks.com/content/quick_start_guide.asp
RefWorks Fundamentals Tutorial:  http://www.refworks.com/tutorial/
UF Citation Management http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/citationsoftware
MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Windows Movie Maker / YouTube Tutorial

iMovie Tutorial #1

iMovie Tutorial #2

iMovie Tutorial #3

iMovie Tutorial #4

YouTube Apple MOV Compression

Tutorials for Sakai

Tutorials for Connect


The reason to use UFL.EDU EMAIL ONLY

If you want to be sure that your instructor or TA get your email

always use your GATORLINK@UFL.EDU email,

NOT Yahoo, gmail, AOL or any other!!!

Password tips

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Setup your Business email

You must have a UF Business Email to be added to the Canvas LMS. This is setup in myUFL, click the link below then click the Access myUFL on the next page:
my U F L login Button

Use the graphic below as a guide to setting up your UF Business Email. The path to this option is in the RED box MainMenu > My Account > Manage UF Business EMail. Your addresses must match the examples below. Make sure both UF Business Email Address AND UF Delivery-To Email Address are set as shown below:

picture from manage U F business email address



UFIT Service Portal


Video Help

YouTube, Vimeo & PowerPoint Video Information

Please do not try to upload video on a wireless connection, dial up modem connection or DSL. You will require a highspeed internet connection to upload your videos. Use Vimeo or YouTube when creating your Course Introduction and Sales Demonstration videos.

Vimeo Video Tutorial

YouTube Video Encoding Getting Started with YouTube [Less than 2gig; Less than 15 Minutes]

You can now save your Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation as a video - MP4, making it easier for you to distribute, and easier for recipients to view.

To compress your video to a smaller format use any video converter button Started with a 1920x1080 347meg file, chose iPad MP4 at 720x480 and the size reduced to 31meg, over 10 times smaller, and still very watchable.

VLC Video Player
for Mac & PC, for those having problems watching videos...



UFL Browser Requirements University of Florida Fact Book

YouTubeHelp articlesVideo encoding 

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