Some plug-ins are required to make your course fully accessible, especially if it is rich in multimedia content. A FREE version of the following software is available by clicking on the link. Many of these plug-ins come loaded on new computers. If you are having difficulties viewing something in your course, try downloading the latest version of these programs.
MOZILLA/FIREFOX is an alternate browser to Internet Explorer. If you are having technical problems in your blackboard course, try downloading this free browser.
MACUSERS & FIREFOX PDF FILES: Please note that if
prompted to download a "missing plug in" to view a PDF it will not work
in most cases. Blackboard recomends the Schubert IT PDF plugin which
can be downloaded at http://www.schubert-it.com/pluginpdf/ This is free for educational use so do not pay for it.
JAVA allows you to run small "programs" that are found within web pages. After logging into the Blackboard Learning System, you may be prompted to accept a JAVA security certificate. When using the chat tool, you must "add the java plug in" if prompted from the Blackboard home page.
FLASH PLAYER is used to view multimedia presentations. Flash player comes standard with computers and is also included in most web browsers.
REAL PLAYER allows you to listen to or view streaming media. A number of online courses use Real Player and require the player.
QUICK TIME is a program for handling multimedia files. It allows you to download and use audio and visual clips.
SHOCKWAVE is used to view Macromedia Director multimedia presentations.
ACROBAT READER is necessary for viewing pdf files.
POWERPOINT VIEWER is available to download for students who do not own PowerPoint software and need to view PowerPoint presentations.
WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER is used for viewing multimedia files. With the player, you can download and use audio and video files.
Software requirements vary by course. All students must have word processing software, preferably Microsoft Word (Office 2010 is now being used in some courses). Other word processing software packages (Microsoft Works) may not be compatible for use in your course.
Students should also have an email account. In addition to the Blackboard email that is used to communicate within a course, a CCM student email is also set up for each individual student of the college.
For information regarding Blackboard and accessibility to meet student needs, click here.
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