GPRC Online Distance Education Courses
MINIMUM DEVICE REQUIREMENTS:
A device must meet or exceed the following specifications to participate in online courses at GPRC:
Apple iOS 6, Apple OSX 10.4, Google Android 4.0,
Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 or 8 (excluding Windows Phone and Windows RT)
|Memory (RAM)||512 MB|
|Storage Space||1 GB|
|Web Browser||Mozilla Firefox 4, MS Internet Explorer 9, Apple Safari 5, Google Chrome 11|
|Other||1024x600 Screen Resolution, Sound output, High-Speed Internet|
COURSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:
GPRC uses the Moodle online course management system.
To access Moodle, visit http://moodle.gprc.ab.ca/
GPRC uses Blackboard Collaborate and BigBlueButton web-based audioconference systems.
Collaborate and BigBlueButton are real-time virtual meeting environments that support:
• Real-time audio discussion, with breakout rooms for small group discussion
• Text messaging
• Surveys and basic assessments
• Application and Desktop sharing
• A shared whiteboard with markup tools
• Recording of sessions for convenient playback
To take part in a conference, you will need a headset or speakers and a microphone. The first time
that you connect, you will be prompted to run through some set-up routines that will run automatically from
the server. Java is required, to download visit http://java.com/en/
To participate in Collaborate or BigBlueButton meetings, click on the meeting links that your
instructor has set up within your Moodle course space.
The GPRC Library Educational Technologies Centre provides support for Distance Education Students.
NOTE: Mobile devices such as Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Windows Phones and Windows RT devices will provide only limited access to online course materials. Collaborate and BigBlueButton DO NOT run on mobile devices at this time. Some courses contain elements that require Java and/or Flash, which may not display properly on many mobile devices.