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Helpful Tips for Online Learning Success

  • Online learners must be self-motivated and self disciplined in order to take FULL responsibility in completing the coursework.
  • Online courses require just as much effort as a face-to-face class. Review your syllabus for course standards and objectives.
  • Remember your only communication interaction is going online so make sure your messages are concise and appropriate.
  • Online users must know how to utilize email, the Internet, uploading and downloading files, as well as have knowledge of MS Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

For the latest on Browser and Operating Systems Requirements for Blackboard Click Here.


Alternate and Open Source Software

Below is a list of software that is available for personal use. We do not endorse any software programs in particular. Please feel free to use them at your own discretion.

Software Alternate Replacement Description
Microsoft Office LibreOffice 4.1 Alternate office suite software complete with word processor, spreadsheet, slide show and etc.
Adobe Acrobat Professional CutePDF Create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. Unrestricted for personal and commercial use! No watermarks! No popup Web advertisements!
Adobe Photoshop GIMP/Paint.net Gimp - Versatile graphics manipulation package. Paint.net - alternate image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. Alternate replacement for Photoshop.
Adobe Illustrator Inkscape An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Internet Explorer 8 Firefox/Safari/Chrome Firefox, Safari and Chrome are alternate browsers to Internet Explorer. For a complete list of Browser and Operating System Requirements Click Here.
Email client (like Outlook) Thunderbird Alternate Microsoft Outlook replacement. Now with tabs, better search, and email archiving.It's easy to upgrade to Thunderbird 3.1
WinRAR or WinZip 7-zip Compress and uncompress many file formats. Uncompress .zip, .tar.gz, .rar files and more — for free.
FTP Program Filezilla FTP FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Alternate FTP client.
3D Graphics Program Blender Alternate open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems.
3D Astronomy Exploration Celestia/Stellarium Celestia - The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Stellarium - planetarium software that shows exactly what you see when you look up at the stars. It's easy to use, and free.
Audio Recording Audacity Alternate, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

This page was last updated on: November 22, 2013