Set Up your Computer to work well with your Course Management System


Recommended Browsers

For Moodle courses, the recommended Internet browser is Mozilla Firefox Version  or google chrome -

Tune Up your Computer -

Recommended Email Client

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Using AOL:


Recommended Hardware

Pop-up configuration

Some of the Moodle courses use pop-up windows, therefore you will need to disable pop-up blockers in your browser. Some blockers may be turned off on Windows by right clicking an icon on the system tray, next to where the clock resides.


  1. Go to Tools > Options.
  2. Click Content tab.
  3. If Block pop-up windows is checked, then click Exceptions button near it.
  4. Type
  5. Click Allow, click Close, click OK.

Internet Explorer’s Built-In Popup Blocker

  1. Go to Tools: Popup Blocker. At this point you can either just turn the pop-up blocker off, or continue with the settings below.
  2. Select Popup Blocker Settings.
  3. For Address of Web site to allow, type "https://*"
  4. Click the Add button.
  5. Click the Close button.
  6. Close and restart Internet Explorer.


Cookies are files often set by websites in your browser to record certain information about your visit to a website. For example, cookies can be used on to remember your username the next time you visit, or to keep track of if you are logged in or not.


Cookies need to be enabled in your browser to use Blackboard and Moodle.

How to enable cookies in your browser:

Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click on the 'Tools' menu.

3. Select 'Internet options'.

4. Select the 'Privacy' tab.

5. Move the slider to Medium.

6. Click 'OK'.

7. Close Internet Explorer to save changes.


1. Click on the 'Tools' menu.

2. Select 'Options'.

3. Click on 'Privacy'.

4. Click on 'Cookies'.

5. Make sure the box marked 'Allow sites to set Cookies' is checked.

6. Click 'OK' to save changes.

Browser Cache

Browser caching is when your internet browser saves copies of web pages you visit onto your computer. Caching occurs in order to help you access regularly visited web pages more quickly as your computer 'remembers' that you have been to that web page already.

Browser caching can cause problems in Blackboard or Moodle as the browser will display older versions of the pages you access. Some students have been able to resolve login and other issues by clearing their browser cache.

How to clear your browser cache

Internet Explorer:

1. Click on the 'Tools' menu.

2. Select 'Internet options'.

3. Click on 'Delete Files' under 'Temporary Internet Files'.

4. Click on 'Clear History' under 'History'.

5. Click 'OK'.

6. Close down Internet Explorer to save changes.


1. Click on the 'Tools' menu.

2. Select 'Options'.

3. Click on 'Privacy'.

4. Click on 'Cache'.

5. Click on 'Clear Cache Now'.

6. Click 'OK'


JavaScript must be enabled in order to use Moodle.

How to enable JavaScript

Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Click 'Tools'.

3. Select 'Internet options'.

4. Select the 'Security' tab.

5. Click the 'Custom level' button.

6. Scroll down and enable all 3 Scripting options.

7. Click 'OK'.

8. Close down Internet Explorer to save changes.


1. Click on the 'Tools' menu.

2. Select 'Options'.

3. Click on 'Content'.

4. Make sure the box marked 'Enable JavaScript' is checked.

5. Click 'OK' to save changes.

Free downloads

  Win Mac
Firefox win mac
Internet Explorer 7 win  
Netscape win mac
Opera win mac
Adobe Reader win mac
Flash Player win mac
Shockwave Player win mac
Windows Media win mac
RealPlayer 10 win mac
QuickTime Player win mac
PowerPoint Viewer win mac
Excel Viewer win  

Word Viewer


Visio Viewer

Works 6.0 Converter for Works and Word Users win  
PowerPoint 98 Viewer for Macintosh   mac
Microsoft Word 97, 98, and 2000 Converter for the Macintosh   mac


Adobe Reader is a free software you can download and install on your computer so you can read files which might be in your online class in the PDF format.

Microsoft PowerPoint Reader is Free and allows you to read any PowerPoint files your instructor might provide for you to download. You do not need to purchase PowerPoint to read files, only to create or make changes to them. Another PowerPoint Reader for both Mac and PC is available from TonicPoint.

Microsoft Word Reader is free and allows you to read any MS Word documents your instructor places in your virtual classroom for downloading. You do not need to purchase MS Word to read the documents, only to make changes or to original new documents. If you are using Mac OS you can search the Microsoft site for a reader for your computer. Another Microsoft Word Reader for Mac, PC and other platforms is available from Antiword.

Improve your computer's performance

1. Browser - pick Firefox 3 - the best browser on the internet (much better than Internet Explorer) - see to download it.


2. Clean up your files on your computer - with Tune up Utilities 2009 - free - download it at - once downloaded then run the clean up on "start up manager" and make sure you have a minimum of programs open and running when you start up the computer. This will speed up your computer a lot.


3. Spyware - if you get any email you probably have ads running on your computer. download the free program "ad-aware" - download it at


4. Download and install - free anti-virus - 


5. More Memory for your Computer - If you computer is still slow after you have done the above, you may want to get more memory for your computer. Contact the local PC Club - at and take your computer in for an memory upgrade, or for them to check out your computer and why it is so slow. Hope the above helps. Also make sure the settings on you computer are correct, see below information and instructions.


6. Get Open Office (if you do not have MS Office Program) - If you do not have MS Word, etc. you can still download a free easy to use and full-featured office suite that supports all kinds of documents, including Microsoft Office, Acrobat PDF and Open Document Format. - see

Problems Logging into your online class?


If you are having problems logging in, here are two possibilities


1. the class has not opened. Most online classes do not open until the first day of the semester or session.


2. Contact your online instructor -


3. Make sure you have selected the correct course management system for your online class. Our classes use etudes ng, or coursecompass, or moodle, or nicenet (Philosophy) - see