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Blackboard courses may include many types of multimedia. In order to view this content you may want to have the plug-ins listed below:
Download these software add-ons, or sign up for services, to enhance your online experience. Many of these listed are free and available from
their developers. They should improve your ability to utilize all your Blackboard options.
This plug-in lets you experience automation and entertainment in your Web browser.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
View and print .pdf document files.
Quick Time allows you to add more than 200 digital media capabilities and components to your Mac or PC.
Multi-format media player and organizer for audio, video, and flash allows you download videos from the web.
Windows Media Player
Plays Windows Media (WMA, ASF), plus MP3, WAV, MIDI, AVI, and other formats.
Java for the desktop
Java allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, , and view images in 3D, just to name a few. It's also integral to the intranet applications and solutions that are the foundation of corporate computing. Free Download of Java software for the desktop. Click on the link below to begin the download.
If you are completing forms online (like tests in Blackboard) or want to check your Discussion Forum comments before you submit them try ieSpell. This spell checker plugs into Internet Explorer automatically if you follow the instructions at the web site and allows you to check spelling even inside form input boxes you are viewing with the browser.
If you need to work with image files (such as photos or line art), take a look at the freely distributed GIMP software.
Microsoft Works Converter
Do you receive documents created with Microsoft Works, not to be confused with Microsoft Word? Download and install the free converter, and Word will open Works documents (does not work with Word Perfect):
Staying connected during exams
The exams in the Blackboard learning management system are web forms. Once you begin taking a quiz the form is downloaded to your computer and, if you do nothing else, there is no activity on your connection until you click the submit button. Most dialup Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will drop your connection to the Internet after five or ten minutes of inactivity. The software ensures that you have activity on your system when you are connected even when you are completing a test (web form) that takes more than an hour. Read this webpage carefully. This software may violate your service agreement with your ISP. Alternatively, you may want to log into an web-based radio station while testing.
FireFox - Internet Browser
Internet Explorer: (Version 9 | Version 8 | Version 7) - Internet Browser
Opera - Internet Browser
AnalogX POW! - Pop-up Blocker
Gmail - Email Account
WINZIP - File Zip and Unzip Utility