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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

Do not use Edge, Internet Explorer or Safari with Blackboard or college email.

Use a recommended browser - Firefox or Chrome

  • Have at least 2 browsers on your computer. 
  • If you have a technical issue, try another browser.
  • Clearing the browser history and cache fixes some issues too. 

Free Tools and Plug-ins

Your instructor may let you know if any of these 3rd party tools might be useful for your course.

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.

Viewers and Plug-ins

Cloud Storage

Multimedia assignments - audio and video

Browser Checks

Additional Content Provider Browser Checks

Your instructor will let you know if you will be using any other specific course content resources. There may be specific technical requirements for those systems. For example: