UGF Distance Learning's real-time interaction is based on an Internet conferencing technology called Microsoft  Lync®, which allows students to connect to live class sessions from their own homes or offices.  The Lync "Virtual Classroom" lets students participate in a multi-point video conference with the course instructor and fellow students.

Lync also provides such interactive tools as shared applications, PowerPoint slide viewing, shared whiteboards, and live text chat. In addition, each week's interactive session is recorded electronically to provide a backup in case a student misses a live class discussion.

What will you need for Lync?
Lync Web App is a free web‐based version of the Lync 2013 client. It enables anyone who is not licensed for the full Lync client (such as students and non‐University attendees) to enjoy the full experience of a Lync meeting, including sending and receiving voice/video, viewing and presenting shared content, and screen sharing.
Minimum System Requirements
System Component Minimum Requirement


Please Note: Administrator Level access to your computer is required. Work computers (such as PH&S supplied laptops) may not have administrator permissions and will not be suitable for UGF Lync courses.


Operating System (We don't currently support other options, such as smartphone apps.)


     PREFERRED: Windows 7 (32‐bit or 64‐bit)

                                Windows 8.1


     Might work but NOT recommended: Mac OS X (Version 10.7 or newer)


     NOT SUPPORTED:  Windows XP, Vista, or Other (including all tablet OS),
                                          Chrome on any OS *



Web Browser


On Windows:

   PREFERRED: Internet Explorer 10 or higher

                              Firefox (latest version recommended)



On Mac:

                             Firefox (latest version recommended)



*Google Chrome has dropped support for Microsoft Silverlight which is a vital component of MS Lync and will NOT be a compatible browser for MS Lync classes. Apple’s Safari browser also does not fully support the Lync Web App plugin that is needed to attend a MS Lync class. Please be sure your computer has a functioning compatible browser for attending a UGF Lync class.



Hardware  A USB webcam with integrated microphone. A headset is optional--but is strongly recommended for higher audio quality.
Bandwidth  A broadband connection such as a cable modem or fast DSL connection. MS Lync is very dependent on a stable internet connection. If your carrier does not provide a stable connection for streaming audio/video you may experience connectivity problems. Satellite internet or dial-up are not supported for MS Lync.
Most laptop and desktop integrated webcams should be compatible with Lync. If you require an external webcam or headset, the following link points to recommended compatible equipment: Lync compatible devices

If you have the above hardware and software, you should be able to install the Lync Web App software to attend video conference classes on your computer.



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