Technology Requirements for Coursework


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Technology Requirements for Online & Hybrid Courses

The Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences (JCRS) uses Canvas as the learning management system. All documents and files are distributed this way. Lectures may be live using the webcasting application from multiple sources such as Bb Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, Nearpod, or VoiceThread; they may also be recorded and played back on demand, if needed. Throughout the curriculum, exposure to other technology applications maybe be required.

Below are the general hardware and software requirements to access the curriculum. If you do not already have the necessary viewer applications, the system will prompt you to download the free player. For synchronous sessions, the University uses Bb Collaborate Ultra and Zoom. Internal microphones typically work with Collaborate Ultra and Zoom and must be used with earbuds or a microphone and headset.  The program recommends that your computer have a wired high-speed internet connection to the internet (no dial-up or air cards). A wireless connection works well if it is high speed. You will have to use a wired connection to participate if your wireless speed is not fast enough. 

Students are strongly encouraged to test their equipment before the first asynchronous/synchronous session by scheduling a test session with Academic Commons Educational Technology Support.  Call 215-503-2830 or email

Minimal Requirements


  • Printer
  • All programs use Examplify for testing purposes. Please follow this link to access the computer requirements for this program:
  • PCs and Macs are supported
  • Tablets (except Surface Pro and Chromebooks which are NOT supported by this program).
  • Students in the East Falls program should also follow the guidelines for EXAM MONITOR
  • Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox - please be make sure it meets Canvas’ requirements:
  • Need microphone and headphones or earbuds
  • Need Webcam


Jefferson uses MS Office for documents (MS Word); spreadsheet (MS Excel); and presentations (MS PowerPoint). You do not need to purchase MS Office if you use a different suite of tools but you will need to save your files in that format. Viewer applications that allow you to open these files are available from Google Chrome. Student versions of MS Office can often be purchased for around $100-$150.

Visible Body (required for East Falls, optional for Center City)

Visible Body Courseware is a web-based teaching and learning platform loaded with Visible Body's award-winning 3D anatomy and physiology content Students may use it to explore anatomy and physiology and engage with the material and their assignments in a new and interactive way. Courseware can be accessed anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection on a multitude of devices. Access to Visible Body from the Scott Memorial Library page:

  • Select Find
  • Select Databases
  • Search for “Visible Body”

Once you access the page, please select “apps” for information about downloading the student version. Direct questions about getting access to the instructor/course package to

Grammarly: This resource benefits you in three ways when you upload documents to this handy editing tool. First, it allows you to check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Second, it reports any noticeable error patterns so you can learn not to make them. Finally, if you turn the plagiarism feature on, you can see any part of the document that reads too much like another found in the Grammarly database of “16 billion web pages and ProQuest's databases.”

All Jefferson students, faculty, and staff with email accounts can sign up for the premium version (or upgrade to it from the free version). Please utilize the link below:

For Center City OTD Students:


This page provides information about various downloads (for Windows, start with the most recent version- 32 bit), the activation code, and all the bottom of the page a user guide and a quick start reference.


This page provides information about technical specifications, on-demand resources from the developer, download information, activation and the license code.

For technology assistance with SPSS/NVIVO to perform separate searches for SPSS and NVIVO to get the product pages which contain these links.