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Getting Started

Viewing Each Learning Unit

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Roll your cursor over the week numbers above to select the section of a week you need to read. If you cannot see the popup menus when you roll your cursor over the week numbers, upgrading your browser is recommended.

Download Software and Plugins


Microsoft Explorer 5+
Recommended for Windows
Netscape 7.0
Recommended for Macintosh 9.1+
Netscape 4x for Windows, Mac, and UNIX
Not recommended for courses
IBM Home Page Reader
Recommended screen reading for Windows

Document & media player plugins

Word Processing and Spreadsheet software

If you want the functionality of Microsoft Word and Excel but do not own them, you can download and use this free alternative: Open Office. Read the installation instructions:

Known Problems

Anti advertising
Window pop up software may interfere with the functionality of some course materials.
AOL idle time
AOL will disconnect a user if idle time exceeds the allotted minutes. Type keyword "smile4u" to prevent this.
Browser tips for AOL users
Dial up modem idle time
A user's Internet Service Provide (ISP) may disconnect after several minutes of idle time; time when the screen has not changed to a new page, or scrolled (which often happens when a student is reading online or taking a Blackboard quiz). Users can open another browser window to another site and periodically activate links on the page to fool the ISP server into staying connected.
Word Perfect files
.wpd files do not work with Blackboard's Digital Drop Box.
Hotmail filters
ONID email may be rejected or moved to Hotmail's junk mail folder, depending on your settings.
PowerPoint files
Some .ppt files will not open in Explorer for Windows XP unless you save the file to a hard drive first.


  • Use the tab button located on the keyboard to navigate through each menu item.
  • Use IBM HomePage Reader with Explorer 5.5 on a Windows PC for optimum screen reader access.

OSUware CD-ROM now available

For a free copy of the most common software utilities for Windows and Macintosh platforms, order OSUware on CD-ROM. It includes these types of utilities:

  • Browsers
  • Plugins
  • Virus protection
  • FTP
  • Email and contacts
  • Archiving
Discussion Board Instructions
Simplest way to use Blackboard's Discussion Board
Introduce Yourself Instructions
How students can use Blackboard's Personal Home Page in conjunction with the Discussion Board
Writing Services
OSU's online writing services.
The Valley Library
Staff to contact, Proxy access, and links to important library resources at OSU.
University Information
Various OSU information
Student Conduct
OSU Student Conduct Regulations
Avoiding Academic Dishonesty
Strategies can help students avoid academic dishonesty.
Disabilities Services
OSU Services for Students with Disabilities
ONID Technical Support
OSU Network ID Technical Support
Online Inquiry Form
Technical Assistance inquiry form
Computer Consulting Online Form
OSU Helpdesk Assistance

Set your Browser Options to View Most Recent Pages

Updates to pages in this web site will occur during the term. To view the updates, please set your browser options/preferences to always display the most current page:

In Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. View the screen shot.
  2. Choose Internet Options from the Tools menu.
  3. On the General tab, in the Temporary Internet Files section, click Settings.
  4. Click Every visit to the page.
  5. Click OK.

In Netscape Navigator

  1. View the screen shot.
  2. Choose Preferences from the Edit menu.
  3. Choose Cache from the Advanced menu.
  4. Click Once per session under Document cache is compared to document on network:
  5. Click OK.



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