At UAB eLearning and Professional Studies, our commitment is to provide totally online, distance accessible, and blended format degree and certificate programs that are an extension of UAB’s current world class offerings. Online courses are designed with the working individual in mind, allowing you the flexibility needed to reach your desired educational goals. No matter where you are in the world, access to our online degree and certificate programs allows you to be a part of this exciting university experience.

Learning Management System

Most online courses at UAB are delivered through Canvas, a learning management system. Check out the Canvas overview video.

What to Expect When Taking Online Courses offers a great article on What to Expect When Taking Online Courses. If you are worried about whether an online course is a good fit for you or just want to know more about what it is like to take an online course, send us a note using our information request form and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Technical Requirements for Taking an Online Course

Taking online courses does require some technical skills and certain hardware, software, and other resources. You can see a full list of requirements on the technical requirements page. Below are some basics to get you started.

Basic Computer Specifications for Canvas

This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas. It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions and better connections. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times.

Find out more about computer specifications.

Supported Browsers

Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in.

Find out more about supported browsers.