O.2 What technology is used?O.2 What technology is used?
In our online statistics courses, you will use a variety of technologies to facilitate the learning process.
The following sections highlight just a few of these technologies.Visit the Technology Tutorials on this site for more information on the technology used in our courses.
- Canvas Orientation
Canvas orientation course created by World Campus.
- Penn State IT Connect to Tech Student Guide
Penn State's main resources for tech available to students.
- Statistical Software page
Stat Department list of software needed for each course.
- Technical help and support resources
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
View our World Campus Technical Requirements page to see the minimum technical requirements for our courses.
To review minimum technical requirements for individual statistical software packages, please visit the technical support pages of the individual vendors. See the Statistical Software page on the Statistics Department website.
Students are strongly encouraged to download, install, and test computer and browser requirements prior to the beginning of classes.
Courses with Proctored Exams
For courses using Honorlock you must meet the following technical requirements.
Honorlock System Requirements
- Desktop computer or laptop (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do not meet our requirements)
- Webcam and microphone (built-in or external).
- Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 1.5 Mbps download speed and 750 Sbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended.
- Chrome Browser with pop-up blocker disabled
- Installed Honorlock Chrome Extension
- "Once you install the extension, you get the protection and ease of simply logging into your school’s learning management system and getting started."
- "We’ll walk you through a quick 60-second pre-test checklist to make sure you’re ready to go."
Reaching Honorlock 24/7/365 Support
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.