Do I need broadband to complete an on-line course?
We would highly recommend that participants would have access to broadband when participating on an on-line course. Having broadband will ensure that you can view the video and streaming presentations throughout the course. Not having broadband will result in these resources loading 20 times more slowly which may become frustrating.
What specifics do you need on your computer to access the courses?
Web Brower Information
You will need access to the internet ideally over a broadband connection. Learning+ (the course delivery package), is best viewed through a modern web browser, such as Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox and other similar browsers.
If you are using a Macintosh computer (Mac), we are recommending that you use the internet browser Firefox. You can easily install the browser on your Mac - go to www.getfirefox.com. The download is free.
Office Package Information
Many of the documents that are used in courses will be from the Microsoft Office suite e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Some courses may have documents in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf). Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free on the internet.
Some courses may have multimedia animations created using Macromedia Flash that require you to have Shockwave on your PC which can be downloaded for free from the internet.
Finally, some courses will require the use of a media player (to view Video Lectures for example) or Real Player.
Additional Information - Interaction, Confidentiality & Child Protection:
In general, confidentiality applies to all interactions across the course. This excludes disclosure of any unlawful/child protection issues.
Child Safety: Procedures when confidential or child safety issues arise:
There may be some scenarios where inappropriate contributions arise in the Discussion Forum. Examples of this are (but not restricted to) a pupil's name or specific details which are inappropriate are divulged personal details of pupils / teachers / school etc.
In such an event, the comment will be removed, or the contributor will be asked to amend / remove same.