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Is My Computer Ready to Take the Course?

If you are taking an online course through the Moodle course platform, prepare your computer for registering and/or taking a course in five steps.

Firefox Browser LogoStep 1: Use the Right Web Browser

Moodle courses work best with the Mozilla Firefox web browser. While you can view the course with other web browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.), you may run into some problems. Also, others have had problems registering when they use Safari and Chrome. For a problem-free experience, please use the Mozilla Firefox web browser for both course registration and access.

Download a free copy of Mozilla Firefox by visiting the Mozilla site and follow the instructions for installing the browser on your computer.

Step 2: Ensure You Can View Pop-ups

When registering and/or using a Moodle course, you need to access information that appears as a "pop-up." You have three options for viewing pop-ups:

  1. Disable the pop-up blocker in Mozilla Firefox.
    • On the top menu bar, go to "Tools" and select "Options" from the drop-down menu.
    • Click on "Content" on the top menu of the window that appears.
    • Uncheck "Block pop-up windows."
  2. Unblock just the necessary websites.
    • On the top menu bar go to "Tools" and select "Options" from the drop-down menu.
    • Click on "Content" on the top menu of the window that appears.
    • Leave "Block pop-up windows" checked.
    • Click on the "Exceptions" box to the right.
    • In the "Address of website:" box add the following:
      • moodle.umn.edu
      • extension.umn.edu
    • Click on "Allow", then "Close." Click "Ok."
  3. Allow pop-ups as they appear.
    • Watch for pop-up blocker messages at the top of your browser window.
    • Check "unblock" as needed.

If you do not have administrative access to your computer, the first two options will not work for you. You will need to follow this third option.

pdf iconStep 3: Ensure You Can View PDF Files

PDF Files

This course uses a number of PDF resources. To view the PDF files, you need Adobe Reader.

To see if you have Adobe Reader installed, try opening this PDF file. If you can see it, you have everything you need.

If you can't view it, download Adobe Reader from the Adobe site. Follow the site's instructions for installing Adobe Reader on your computer.

Flash logoStep 4: Make Sure You Have Adobe Flash Player

Any videos, Adobe presentations, and interactive exercises used in this course use the Adobe Flash Player. If you can see the "Flash is installed" animation below, you have the Adobe Flash Player installed on your system and you are using Mozilla Firefox.

 

If you can't see the animation above, download the Adobe Flash Player from the Adobe site. Follow the site's instructions for installing the player on your computer.

Still having problems? Check that your browser is Mozilla Firefox. If you are not using Firefox, you may not see the animation above. To download a free copy of this browser, visit the Mozilla site and follow the instructions for installing the browser on your computer.

Step 5: Make Sure You Can Play Audio

mp3 logo

You should see a grey box with a play button below. If you do not see the grey box, please refer to Step 4 — the audio requires Flash.

Audio clips also require use of internal or external computer speakers. Press the play button play button. If you hear the audio file below, you are set up to listen to the audio. If you do not have speakers, you can read transcripts of the audio as they are offered.

 

Please note that Flash is not available for iPads. Use a different computer for these sections or read the PDF version as they are offered.

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