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Academic Technology Launchpad: Free Programs and Plugins

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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Web Browsers

Browsers - It's a good idea to have at least two browsers available on your computers. If you're having trouble with a feature using one of our college systems, try using another browser. Clearing the history and cache on your browser also fixes some temporary issues. 

Information and download links for recommended browsers:

Free Plug-ins, Web Browser Helper Applications, Programs, Converters, and File Storage Options

These useful tools may be downloaded or used for free from 3rd party websites. Choose the version that is appropriate for your computer. Your instructor may let you know if any of these tools might be useful for your course.

Please Note - Be careful when installing or updating applications. Sometimes an unwanted toolbar or extra program may install also by default unless you deselect the options.

Multimedia assignments - audio and video

Additional Content Provider Browser Checks

Your instructor will let you know if you will be using any specific course content resources with your course. The publisher or content provider may have specific technical requirements to check if your system is compatible.

Links to just a few of the course content system requirements webpages:

Web Browsers

AntiVirus and AntiMalware Programs

Protect your computer from viruses and malware. There are good free options available such as Microsoft Security Essentials and others that can help you stay safe online.

Mediasite & Silverlight Plug in

Mediasite videos are used by some instructors in their courses. To view these videos, you may need to add a free Silverlight plug-in from Microsoft and adjust some browser settings:

firewall error

 Internet Explorer- you may get a firewall warning, even when on-campus, prompting you to allow access.

 Chrome- not currently recommended; likely will not work at all.

 Firefox- Version 52 and newer likely will not work at all. Version 51 (on-campus older version) you will need to enable/activate the plugin - Silverlight.

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 Safari- enable/activate/install or update the plugin / Silverlight.