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Technology Requirements

Course Management System

The Illinois Online Network uses the Moodle course management system. Yet, the MVCR program does not "teach Moodle" any more than we "teach BlackBoard", Canvas, Angel, Desire2Learn, or any other CMS." ION provides a tutorial on the use of Moodle in a section in Learn@Illinois called Orientation/Introduction to Online Community. You WILL be expected to be able to function with basics of the Moodle CMS before beginning your first MVCR course.

To access the Moodle tutorial you must first be registered for a course. About one week prior to the beginning of the MVCR term you will also be added to the MVCR Orientation course, which includes Moodle Tutorial information. If you already have an account, you can follow the link below to go to our Moodle Server.


Many of the barriers that confront students with disabilities in a face-to-face classroom setting can be overcome in an online course. Current assistive technology like screen readers, alternative keyboards, and assistive software help make online course content accessible to low-vision users, deaf and hearing impaired users, and users with motor or cognitive disabilities. When coupled with best practices for creating online content, this can make an online course more accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. ION has an entire resource section on accessibility where you can find articles, tools, and tips for making your online learning experience more accessible to all. If you require accommodation, please notify your instructor/facilitation at the earliest opportunity

Accessibility Resources

Browser Plug-ins and Security Software

Most Web educational experience will require the use of several additional browser plug-ins. The following links will take you to some of the most commonly used tools, including those used within the MVCR program. For those in the MVCR program, you are required to have antivirus software on your computer. Moodle accounts that post viruses (even unintentionally) are suspended until the student involved contacts the MVCR offices. Students at many institutions may have the ability to download and install one of these programs for free from your institution. You will also need Adobe Acrobat for several readings, a multimedia player such as Windows Media Player, and the Shockwave (Flash) Player.

The MINIMUM Software Requirements:
  • Any word processing program capable of saving files in plain text or RTF (Rich Text Format).
  • Web Browser - Best if it complies with WWW standards (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera)
  • Your course may require special (free) plug-ins to access Streaming Media, PDF files, or other web components. If this is the case, you will learn more about these special requirements during your Course Orientation.

Software Links

Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Apple Quicktime Media Player 

Windows Media Player 
Windows Media Player

RealNetworks RealOne Player

shockwave player 
Macromedia Shockwave Player 

McAfee Antivirus 
McAfee Antivirus and Security Products

Norton Antivirus 
Norton Antivirus Software

Sun Java


Computer Requirements

Since MVCR courses are entirely online, participants are expected to have at least an elementary knowledge of their microcomputer operating system and basic knowledge of software and tools such as a word processor, e-mail, an Internet browser, and search engines.

The MINIMUM Technical Requirements for MVCR courses are the following:
  • Access to a device with the ability to browse the World Wide Web
  • Internet access for a minimum of 10 hrs/week recommended (per course)
  • An E-mail account

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