What course resources are available to SEAS faculty?

This page lists software and course resources available to SEAS faculty.

Our goal is to ensure that the IT resources needed for courses are made available on time and perform as expected. In order to achieve this, early input about your software and reservation needs is required. Please read this page in its entirety and submit your requests well in advance of the coming semester at:

Computer Lab Reservations

Lab space is in high demand and reservations are not carried over from previous semesters. To check for lab availability and submit reservation requests, visit:

Software Requests

The license for your software from the previous term may have expired. Unless it's specifically requested each semester, it may not be retained or updated.

Fall semester software requests are highly preferred by June 15th. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee that software will be available.

Software will be installed and ready by July 15th. These dates are established so that adequate time is allowed for us to perform installations and resolve any unforeseen problems or conflicts. This also allows time for you to test the software before the start of classes. Please test the software on our machines against your specific homework assignments or have a TA do so to be sure the version we have installed works correctly.

MATLAB, Mathematica, COMSOL and Aspen Access

Contact CETS if your students will need to use MATLAB, Mathematica, COMSOL or Aspen in your class.

Virtual Machines

The academic version of VMWare Workstation is available on all the Linux and Windows machines managed by CETS. More space can be allocated if needed for storing virtual machine images.

Biglab and Speclab

Contact CETS for access to Biglab/Speclab and any related special requests (such as specific ports being opened on Speclab). Additional information can be found at:


Canvas enables you to post course materials online, collect assignments, etc. Canvas sites default to "unpublished" so please be sure to publish them from the upper right hand corner of your home page when they are ready. We also strongly recommend that sensitive information is never provided on your Canvas site. For example, Answer Keys can be downloaded by students and shared with friends in subsequent semesters.

For more info about Canvas and to request a site, visit:


Panopto provides lecture recording, screencasting and video streaming:

Ed Discussion

Ed Discussion is Penn's current campus-wide discussion tool. It replaced Piazza in the summer of 2022. For more information, visit:

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is an audience response technology based on web and cellular networks, which means the students or audience members can provide feedback using a device of their choosing. For more information, visit:

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within a learning management system, such as Canvas. It is used for securing online exams in classrooms or proctored environments. Once installed on a student device, the LockDown Browser prevents any other applications from being used until the exam or quiz is completed. For more information, visit:


SEAS has contracts with both Gradescope and Codio to assist with grading including integration capability with Canvas. Please contact CETS before trying to sign up directly through the vendor and to avoid additional complications. For more information, visit:


University of Pennsylvania Libraries is sponsoring free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff. Overleaf Professional accounts provide real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history. Sign up at the link below:

Bubble Sheet Scanning

SEAS offers a service that can scan bubble sheet forms and automatically tabulate the results. This service is available through the Copy Center in the Mailroom across the hall from the CETS office (164 Levine). Special bubble sheet forms are needed for use with this service, which can be provided by the Copy Center or by CETS.

Please contact Anthony Bradley (tone@seas.upenn.edu) or Andrew Sumpter (sumpter@seas.upenn.edu) from the Copy Center and CC course-support@seas.upenn.edu to use this service or if you have any questions. 

See this Answers article for forms and instructions:

Class Mailing Lists

Class Mailing Lists are automatically compiled on a regular schedule. By default, only the faculty instructor can send mail to the list. For more information on using Class Mailing Lists, see:

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