- Computer technology
Computer (with CD-ROM drive) using any recent operating system and
browser. A few of the operating systems that work for WebAssign are
Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I am using Macintosh OS X 10.11.1
- Internet Connection
Cable, DSL, LAN, or Dial-up.
I use using ComCast Cable provider with a MacBook Pro Laptop with a Zoom Cable Modem 3.0 and Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router WNDR3700.
The router has four 50 GHz inputs for ethernet cable which gives me the speed to donwload videos in less than 2 minutes. This equipment is standard and you can buy it at BestBuy.
I recommend Safari 9.0.1 or Opera 34.0 for Mac users and Internet Explorer for Microsoft Window users.
It is important to use the suggested browsers otherwise you might not be able to play or download the videos.
You will find it convenient to have all the videos stored on your computer for convenient access and viewing.
After you have streamed the video into your Browser by clicking on "Lecture 1 Video" in Collab under Session 1
in Resources, you can save it on your computer by clicking on "Save as" under File. You can also right click on
the mouse while hovering it over the Lecture Video and then click "save page as". It will take 4-5 minutes
to save the Lecture Video on your computer.You can save all 40 Lecture Videos to your computer by repeating this
procedure for each lecture. Do not use Firefox as your browser since it will not play the videos on an OS X or
Microsoft Windows operating system
- Frequently asked questions about WebAssign and browsers, Java, cookies, etc.
Click on http://webassign.net/user_support/student/student_faq.html
Some homework questions on WebAssign may have HTML that requires additional programs, like Java or Flash. Your
browser will indicate if it needs an additional program and will often
point you to the URL where you can download the needed files.
Microsoft Office (97-2004) or 2008 version - Primarily for reading Word and power point documents
Adobe Reader 11.0.4 - for reading pdf files - Download Free at Adobe Reader
Use Quicktime or Realplayer for viewing lecture videos in .mov or .MP4 from course website COLLAB
Quicktime comes with Mac OS
For Windows or Mac Download Realplayer for Free at
Hints on improving download speed.
Wireless is slower than direct ethernet cable. If you are on wireless, it will take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes
to download one 50 minute long video lecture file depending on the speed of your modem and router.
If your router and modem are relatively new, then they are probably sufficiently fast enough or otherwise
they will limit your speed. If you connect your computer to the modem directly with ethernet cable, then you
can download much faster - maybe in 2-4 minutes.
Direct cable is usually faster than wireless.