Multimedia Quick Guide

Multimedia is the term we use to describe online video and audio segments, live video- and audio-streaming lectures, and animation. Some courses that use WebCT, FirstClass and Blackboard software include links to multimedia segments.

To play multimedia segments a broadband connection is required.

QuickTimeTM, RealPlayerTM and, Windows MediaTM Player are software plug-ins that work with your browser to display multimedia content. We recommend your Internet browser be Firefox 3.0 or later, or Internet Explorer 6 or later, for use in multi-media courses. Your computer should meet these minimum system requirements.

Before you can view an online video or audio segment, there are several steps you must take to ensure that the segment is playing at the best possible quality.

• Check if the appropriate software (“plug-in”) is installed on your computer, and install it if necessary.
• Set the connection speed for the plug-in to match your internet connection speed.
• Check the volume settings on your computer.

Checking and Installing Plugins

Use the link at the bottom of this page to test your plug-ins. Use the “Test your Browser” button, at the top right of the screen. Use the “Other Tests” link on the report page to access “Audio and Video Tests” to play sample files of the media used in your course.

Check at this link