Testing Software Downloads and Support
COVID-19 Update: For Summer and Fall 2020 Students will be taking examinations online in Canvas with HonorLock software. When testing facilities can accommodate students we plan to return to ExamSoft and in-person proctors. Helpful links are included below:
UFCD Computer Requirements
Students are required to have a laptop (not an iPad or iPad hybrid) for the duration of dental school. They are also required to have a well-fitting, functioning privacy screen appropriate for that laptop when you taking examinations. The Office of Academic Affairs recommends the “Gold Privacy Filter.”
Students are also required to have Whole Disk Encryption for their laptops and keep this encryption enabled as long as they are enrolled and connected to any UF resources. Here are the details:
The University of Florida requires students to have access to a computer system: UF Health Get Started with IT
The College of Dentistry further requires students to have access to and on-going use of a laptop in order to function in the current learning environment. Students are required to access electronic information forms, submit assignments and communicate with other students and faculty electronically in the DMD program. A laptop ensures that computing capability is available to you at all times and in all locations.
In general, students can expect the need to access and ongoing use of a near state-of-the-art laptop computer. In other words, you will need daily access to a virtually new, fairly powerful computer with Internet access, built in camera, microphone and printer. The choice of platform, Mac or PC, and the brand of the laptop is up to the student, so long as the requirements below are met.
Students are expected to purchase or lease a computer that is capable of network connection to the Internet, graphical access to the World Wide Web, electronic mail, and productivity functions such as word processing, presentation software, spreadsheet calculation, built-in camera and microphone. The cost of meeting this requirement is included in financial aid.
Laptops that use the following operating systems meet the UFCD requirement:
- Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
- Microsoft Windows 10 Education
- Mac OS Sierra (10.12)
- Mac OS Mojave (10.14)
- Intel i5, i7 processor or AMD equivalent
- 8 GB RAM
- 250GB Hard Drive
- USB port(s)
- 10/100 Ethernet Adapter and WiFi 802.11 b or g
- A USB computer headset defined as a head-worn unit containing a microphone and one or two speakers which connects to a computer via a cable that plugs into your computers USB port for participation in video conferences and online learning.
- Access to a printer
- Windows based laptops should be purchased with a TPM (trusted platform module) – contact the manufacturer or retailer about a TPM
- A battery with the capacity to sustain at least 3 hours of use when the power adapter is unplugged OR an optional extended battery to increase the battery life to at least 3 hours
- A built-in webcam OR external after-market webcam which connects to a computer via a cable that plugs into your computer’s USB port
- MacBook Pro with the Touchbar function is not recommended.
- Screen resolution 1024 X 768 or higher
Please be aware that products in the computer world are constantly changing. Therefore, this requirement is evolving and will continue to evolve. You can expect it to change as the power, price and quality of computers change and as the needs of students in the college change. We make every effort to minimize the impact of changes in this requirement on our students.
When buying a laptop, it’s wise to purchase the largest amount of RAM and the largest capacity hard drive, installed, that the computer manufacturer offers. While “netbook” (or ultraportable) computers and tablets offer many conveniences and may be suitable for some tasks that a student may be asked to perform, they also have significant limitations that make them inappropriate for use as a student’s primary computer such as taking exams and quizzes.
We recommend that you buy or lease a name-brand computer with quality parts and components, seek as long a warranty as possible and that you inquire about the company’s repair policies and turnaround times.
Keeping your machine and its software in good running condition is your responsibility. College personnel will not help you fix your computer or install software, and faculty are not obliged to accept any computer-related excuses for late or missing assignments.
Don’t forget about purchasing a well-fitting privacy screen for your laptop.
For more information about Computing at UF go to: http://helpdesk.ufl.edu/
Downloading the Software
Each student must have a personal laptop computer that meets the College of Dentistry recommended guidelines above. Students will be provided instructions for downloading the software to their laptops prior to the first day of orientation. Students must encrypt their laptops and ensure their laptops are malware-free. Students will be notified of ExamSoft software updates throughout the year. It is the students’ responsibility to install these updates prior to the next scheduled examination.
Exam Date Change Request
Each semester, after input from all Course Directors, the OAA draft course schedule will be shared with the Class Officers a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the next semester. The class officers will reply to any recommended changes a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester so a final schedule can be implemented.
When extenuating circumstances exist after the start date of the semester, faculty, staff, and student class officer(s) can complete the Exam Rescheduling Form (located on the Teaching Resources and Forms web page on the UFCD web site) and submit it to the Office of Academic Affairs, DN-Office_of_Education-DL@ad.ufl.edu .
The timeline for requests to change classes and/or exam dates/time include the following timeframes and Course Director approval:
- From the start of the semester until 2 weeks prior to the current scheduled date would require a 3/4 vote from the class.
- Within 2 weeks of the current scheduled date would require a 100% vote from the class.
All polls will be conducted by the OAA and reported to the Class Officers and Course Director when the poll is closed.