Intro to Online Gavilan
Getting Your Computer Ready
|Computer Set Up:|
You may have to download special plug-ins, such as Adobe Acrobat reader (to view pdf files), or a streaming video viewer such as Quicktime or Windows Media Player.
|Recommended Web Browsers:|
If you don't have one of these browsers, download a compatible browser now. They are free. Be sure to download the proper browser version for your Operating System.
Internet Explorer: 5.0 or higher
|Important Message to AOL users:|
The AOL browser is not compatible with our system, so you must take these steps in order to have everything working in your classroom area:
Remember, DO NOT USE THE AOL BROWSER to log into the classroom. Many of the graphics won't show up, text boxes, radio buttons and check boxes will be missing, and you will be very frustrated.
|Set Browser's Cache:|
In order for our software to work properly you must set your browser to NOT use cached (temporary) pages. Take a moment to ensure that your browser's cache is configured properly!
The instructions on how to set your browser's cache settings may vary slightly depending on browser versions you use, but the following should get you to the right area. These settings will call the course pages from the server and will NOT call cached (temporary files) stored on your local hard drive.
Browser/PC Setting the Cache for PC Users
Internet Explorer 5.0+ (PC)
Some classes may use special web-based content that will require player software or "plug-ins" to be installed along with your browser. These plug-ins are available free for download. Instructions for installation and using the plug-ins are available from the download sites.
Not all classes require these. You can wait until the need arises, or download one now to see if you'll have problems.
|Adaptive Software or Equipment for Access to the Internet|
If you have a verified disability and require the use of computer assistive technologies to access the computer, you are welcome to use the Disability Resource Center computers located in the High Tech Center (Library 105). The center has screen readers, magnifying software, voice recognition, alternative mice and other adaptive computer equipment. The DRC Instructor and staff have assisted many students through online courses, so they are a very useful resource.
Gaining access to adaptive tools OUTSIDE the campus is the responsibility of each student. The Disability Resource Center staff can assist students with disabilities to access additional resources and information regarding computer assistive technologies.
Note: For accommodations for a disability, please inform your instructor so that he/she can help you work out any special arrangements needed. You may qualify for extra time on quizzes and exams, or other special accommodations.
|Back in the classroom, you'll find a link under this lesson labeled "Is your computer ready?" Click on that link and follow the directions there.|
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Last updated on June 15, 2009
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