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Software Plug-Ins

Some online courses use specific applications and/or plug-ins. You may need one or more of the plug-ins below. Internet Explorer will generally automatically download any plug-in required by a particular page.

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Firefox
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Browser Plug-ins
Windows Media Player . Some online courses may stream video in Windows Format.  

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Windows Media Player Components for Quicktime Some online courses may stream video in Windows Format this will let you play those files directly in Quicktime Player Download  

RealPlayer. Some courses use streaming video. To view the video within a web page, you should download RealOne plug-in, which is free.

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QuickTime. Some courses use Quicktime video to deliver multimedia content.

Shockwave. Shockwave is used in some online courses for interactive quizzes, animations, and activities.

Flash. Flash is used in some online courses for interactive quizzes, animations, and activities.

Acrobat Reader.   Adobe PDF documents are used in some online courses and websites at Valencia College.

Microsoft Word Viewer
View, navigate, and print Microsoft Word Documents.

Software Commonly Used in Online Courses
Microsoft Office Professional 2007 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access)
Open Office (Free Office Productivity Suite)

Sometimes, you may need additional software to view and listen to instructional content within your course. For instance, your instructor may upload an audio file for you to listen to, or a video clip for you to watch. The browser you currently use to access Blackboard may not always have the required software, or "plug-in", to properly play such audio and video files.

This list contains the most commonly used plug-ins, and they are free to download. Click the links to access the plug-ins. Before downloading any of the plug-ins provided, please check with your instructor or your institution's technology coordinator to see which plug-ins they may recommend.

Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to view and print PDF (Portable Document Format) files.Click on the link to begin the download and install process. A new browser window will open. Be sure to uncheck any unwanted tool bars or other add-ons before you download the plug-in.

Adobe Shockwave Player for Windows or Mac OS allows you to view dynamic and animated content on the Internet through your browser. Click on the link to begin the download and install process. A new browser window will open.

Adobe Flash Player for Windows or Mac OS allows you to view video or interactive content through your browser.  Click on the link to begin the download and install process. A new browser window will open

Apple QuickTime Player for Windows allows you to play audio and video files online through your browser. Click the link to begin the download and install process. A new browser window will open. Be sure to select the player you want. The default selection includes iTunes. Make sure to uncheck any unwanted email sign-up lists.

Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows allows you to play audio and video files online through your browser.  Click the link to begin the download and install process.  A new browser window will open.

Real Networks RealPlayer for Windows allows you to play audio and video files online through your browser. Click the link to begin the download and install process. A new browser window will open.

Real Networks RealPlayer for Mac OS allows you to play audio and video files online through your browser. Click the link to begin the download and install process. A new browser window will open.

Sun Java Runtime Environment (all platforms) is required for the use of Blackboard's Web Equation Editor as well as the Virtual Classroom and Text Chat. Click the link to choose the appropriate plug-in for your computer and to begin the download and install process. A new browser window will open.

 

 

 

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