Is Your Computer Ready for Online Courses?

In general computers that are four years old or less will be sufficient for an online course. Additionally, it is recommended that you have broadband (Cable, FIOS, DSL, etc.) internet speeds to access your course since many online courses contain video and multimedia content that might not play well through a dial-up modem.

You access your online courses at Brookdale using a web browser and our Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. At the beginning of a term, you can make sure your computer is ready for course by doing the following:

  • Verify your account information. If you are unable to get into the system, please call 866-767-9512.
  • After logging into the LMS, learn more about the system by accessing the ONLINE-STUDENT-COMMUNITY group.
  • Once you access your course, some materials may require browser plug-ins to display properly. You can learn more about these below.

 Browser Plugins

Plug-ins are software programs that extend the capabilities of your internet browser and allow you to access and view many of the materials in your online course. Each of these programs can be downloaded directly to your personal computer for FREE. Click on the icon to download.

Adobe Reader – The most reliable, efficient, and effective way to share information electronically. Adobe Acrobat files end with the .pdf extention and are usually used for larger files. You may need this program to open up course information.
  Flash Player – This plug-in allows you to view high-impact, animated web content (ex: Flash movie, animation).
ShockWave – allows you to view rich-media web content for multi-media web applications (ex: video, animation).
Authorware Player – This plug-in allows you to view high-impact, animated web interactive content.
Adobe Digital Editions – Adobe® Digital Editions software offers an engaging way to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Use it to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline.
  QuickTime – is ideal for web animation, music, MIDI, audio, video, and VR panoramas and objects directly on specific web pages. QuickTime files end with the .qt extention. QuickTime works on both Apple and PC computers.
  PowerPoint Viewer – If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer this will allow you to open and view PowerPoint presentations in your online class. Follow the directions on this link for downloading.
  Excel Viewer – Open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if you don’t have Excel installed.
  Microsoft Word Viewer – This program allows anyone who does not own Word to view and print documents that were created in Word. Word Viewer can open documents created with all versions of Word (Windows & Mac).
  Windows Media Player – Enjoy fast and flexible music and video playback with Microsoft® Windows Media® Player

Should you encounter any TECHNICAL problems, please phone the Helpdesk at 866-767-9512 or the Teaching and Learning Center at 732-224-2089. ALL COURSE QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR.