Computer Requirements for Online Courses

Operating System:

If your course involves using REM/Rate and SketchUp components, please be aware that they will not work properly on the Mac/Apple operating system. The one exception to this is if you have a windows emulator. It is strongly recommended that you have access to a PC for these modules.

 Moodle Overview:

EnergyLogic uses Moodle for its learning management system. Moodle is an Internet-based course management system that is used for delivery of courses online and runs as an interactive website with features and activities designed to promote learning and collaboration in an asynchronous environment.  An asynchronous environment, which means “not at the same time,” allows the learner to complete EnergyLogic courses on his/her own time and schedule.  A student in this environment typically learns without live interaction with the instructor.  Students are able to communicate with each other and the instructor through discussions (known as forums), chat rooms, and e-mail.

To access the online course, you will need the following:

  • Internet Access.  Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
    • Dial-up Internet connections will result in a diminished experience where Moodle pages may load slowly.
  • Email Account.  If you change email addresses after you set up a Moodle account, be sure to update your new email address in your account profile.
  • Login Credentials for our LMS (username and password)
  • Good Headphones.  We recommend these for listening to the narrated audio resources.

Pop-Up Windows

Moodle uses pop-up windows, so you will need to disable pop-up blockers in your browser and any other pop-up blockers (such as those which may be provided through your Internet service provider, your anti-virus software, and or your search bar in your browser such as Google).

Browser:

We recommend using Firefox, Safari, or Chrome for your browser.

IMPORTANT: Internet Explorer 9 blocks some of the functionality in the course and will cause quite a bit of frustration, errors, and the inability to access key components of the course. If you prefer IE, you can take a look at the following link to check into configuring your browser to work with our learning management system – however, please be aware that this may not address all the issues that our students and staff have reported when using IE: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/why-do-some-webpages-look-incorrect-in-internet-explorer-9

Java and Adobe Flash Requirements:

You will need the Java plug-in and Adobe Flash V8.0 or higher in order to complete lessons, take tests, and run the streaming visual presentations.