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BlazeVIEW Computer Preparation Guide

Blazeview is an online educational environment, better known as a learning management system. As Blazeview uses a variety of methods to deliver different types of content, it is important to configure your computer and internet connection to be able to ensure that you can access your online course properly. Having a correctly configured computer will help ensure your success in BlazeVIEW and will prevent you from experiencing problems such as:

  • Being unable to post discussions / e-mails / etc.
  • Being unable to access content, such as videos and documents
  • Content being displayed incorrectly in Blazeview

Check the information below to be sure that your computer meets all the general necessary technical requirements for hardware and software. Links to the plug-ins (special free software) that you will need are also listed below.

To begin the configuration process, you will need to determine which configuration guide applies to you based on the following question:

What operating system are you running on your computer?

Windows logo

Windows
(XP, Vista, or 7)

Mac Logo

Mac OS
(10.5 "Leopard" or 10.6 "Snow Leopard". "Classic" MacOS 9 is not supported.)

 

General Minimum Computer Requirements

These minimum computer requirements apply to all operating systems that will run BlazeVIEW.

Computer Hardware & Peripherals

  • Windows PC or Apple Macintosh: 
  • Monitor with 1028 x 768 resolution or better
  • Sound card with speakers or headphones, required in some courses
  • Some courses may require a microphone (a computer headset might be ideal)
  • Some courses may require a webcam
  • A printer is highly recommended

Internet Access

A connection to the Internet access is required to use BlazeVIEW at VSU.  A high-speed internet connection (cable modem, DSL, or LAN) is strongly recommended.  Performance may suffer over dialup or other slow internet connections, especially for those courses with audio and/or video components.

Please note: While a wireless internet connection will allow you to connect to BlazeVIEW, wireless signals are not always stable and may result in slower speeds or loss of connection to BlazeVIEW due to week signal strength or interruption in the wireless connection. For this reason, you may want to avoid doing certain tasks in BlazeVIEW, like taking an assessment, while using a wireless connection.

 

Supported Web Browsers

Browsers: For Windows and Macintosh

NOTE: Do NOT download BETA versions of browsers - these are not compatible with BlazeVIEW.

Browser

Windows XP

Windows Vista Desktop

Windows 7

Mac 10.5

Mac 10.6

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
(Run in Standards Mode)

Compatible
(or use IE7)
Certified

Certified(32-bit)
Compatible (64-bit)

Certified(32-bit)
Compatible (64-bit)

Not Tested

Not Tested

Mozilla Firefox 3.6.20

Compatible

Certified (32-bit)
Compatible (64-bit)

FF 3.6.20 (EXE file)

Certified (32-bit)
Compatible (64-bit)

FF 3.6.20 (EXE file)

Compatible

Compatible

 

Apple Safari

Not Tested

Not Tested

Not Tested

Compatible

Compatible

Browser Settings:
Your browser settings will vary depending on the browser you choose. Use the BlazeVIEW Browser Checker to make sure your browser is properly prepared:

http://blazeview.valdosta.edu//webct/browserchecker.dowebct?checkType=manual


Plug-ins

You may need these free software utilities for VSU online courses. Some courses may require additional software; check your course syllabus.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader  (for viewing and printing PDF files)
  • Real Player (for viewing streaming video or listening to streaming audio clips)
  • Apple Quicktime  (for viewing streaming video or listening to streaming audio clips)
  • FlashPlayer (for viewing multimedia, animations or using interactive content)
  • Shockwave Player (for viewing multimedia, animations or using interactive content)

 

Browser Toolbars

Uninstall Yahoo, Google, AOL, or any other Browser Toolbars

Although the browser toolbars are useful tools for searching the Internet, we recommend that you uninstall these so that your online course will function properly. In your browser, your toolbar (if you have one) will be immediately under the line on your browser where you can type in a web address.

For example:

Google Toolbar shown below address bar in Internet Explorer

To uninstall browser toolbars:

  • Click the Start button on the bottom left of your screen.
  • From the Start menu, select Control Panel (if it is visible) or select the Settings option, and then click Control Panel from the secondary menu. A new window will appear.
  • For Windows XP, double-click Add/Remove Programs; for Windows Vista, under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
  • Locate the toolbar, click on it, then click Change/Remove (XP) or Uninstall (Vista) and follow the on-screen instructions to remove the toolbar.

 

Pop-Up Blocker Programs

While doing online course work, if you are unable to view discussion postings, quiz windows, or download links, then you may need to configure your browser to allow pop ups for the URL (web address) of your online course site.

Click here for more information on configuring your pop-up Blocker.


Virus & Spyware Protection Software

ALL COMPUTERS CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET—especially those running Windows, or using Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint)—SHOULD HAVE CURRENT VIRUS DETECTION/REMOVAL SOFTWARE INSTALLED.  IN ADDITION, ALL WINDOWS COMPUTERS SHOULD BE RUNNING SPYWARE DETECTION/REMOVAL SOFTWARE, WITH CURRENT DEFINITIONS.

It is possible for Internet users to spread a virus by sharing infected computer files, and spyware can be picked up anywhere while surfing the web.  Directions for locating and downloading Virus & Spyware Protection software may be found at the VSU Anti-Virus Resources page - http://www.valdosta.edu/antivirus/

 

If you have any further questions, please contact us for support. Thank you.

-Technical Support

Adapted from University System of Georgia: Advanced Learning Technologies content


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