||To participate in the FIRST YEARS
Certificate, you must satisfy certain technical requirements relating to
the computer system and Internet service you choose. These specifications,
plus needed software downloads, are detailed in this document.
Students participating in the distance-format courses must have/have
an "onyen" - the "Only
at UNC. When accepted into the program you receive a PID,
IDentification number. This allows you to create
your onyen, which then gives you access to UNC services.
Minimum: Pentium 4-level or Macintosh-equivalent computer.
Broadband connection, i.e. DSL, ISDN, or cable broadband/DSL
CD ROM and DVD Drives
Sakai-compatible browser. You will need to use a browser supported
by Sakai, the "course management system" used by UNC for distance courses.
Firefox and Internet Explorer are the only recommended browsers
to use with Sakai for all operating systems. We
highly recommend Firefox: There are special
configurations for IE at times, which you will not be bothered with
Other operating systems and browser combinations have not been tested by
the Sakai company and are therefore not "fully supported" by them. In sum,
this means that if you are using an operating system and browser combination
other than the supported ones, you may need to make some browser adjustments.
These days it is extremely important to protect your computer from
viruses. There are many good antiviral packages, but make sure that whichever
one you purchase is updated frequently and includes free downloads of
the latest virus definitions. As enrolled students, you can obtain
Symantec Antivirus software at the
Hill Shareware site. If you need a good, free, additional one, try
All enrolled students will be communicating
with the instructor via:
2) "mailto" Weblinks, and
3) "threaded discussion forums."
When you officially enroll in the certificate program, you will receive
a HIPPA-compliant UNC email address, which will have the format: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email from UNC will always come to your UNC "Exchange" email utility. For
example, every 90 days, you will receive a security notice to change your
password at the UNC address. Thus, while in FIRST YEARS you will
need to check your UNC. See Exhange/Outlook
WebApp Email at UNC.
On occasion, your instructor may require you to create a document using
an application program (e.g. Microsoft Word) and attach this document
to your e-mail message. See: how to attach files.
"Mailto" Weblinks: Course materials often have instructor
e-mail addresses which, when clicked, display a "mail compose" form. To
send the message(s) you compose, you must first configure your browser
to tell it who you are and what your e-mail
address is. That is, you must supply the browser with identification about
you, the sender. If when you click a mailto link and are able to send it,
you are configured. Success! If not, contact http://help.unc.edu
to learn more about configuring your particular browser to handle "mailto
Discussion forum: Most courses will use threaded
discussion groups, which use the Web's hypertext capabilities
to group messages by topic. Sakai's discussion forums are very simple to
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
UNC-CH has signed a Campus Agreement with Microsoft to cover a wide
range of its products. Faculty, staff, and enrolled students may participate
in this agreement, once UNC activates your onyen.
With the introduction of Vista/Windows 7 and Office 2007/2010,
you may have to convert these files to "rich
text format" for folks using earlier versions of Office
or Windows XP (many still use these).
If you use another suite of programs, e.g. WordPerfect, you will
have to convert to rtf/rich text format. There is a suite of Office-eqivalent
programs called Open Office, which is free. Click here
for more information on this product.
There are several "plug-ins" needed to handle multimedia and "interactivity"
Media player, Flash*,
Acrobat "PDF" Reader. These are all needed for your distance courses.
To test your computer for some basic system requirements, take the Browser
If downloading FLASH, be
sure to uncheck the box which installs the McAfee application.
you need any downloads, make sure you scroll to look for the free
readers. Sometimes the first download option will be for a product you
must buy. Keep looking! The free reader will be on the page somewhere.
In addition, look closely for any download options involving "piggyback"
installations, like additional toolbars, free trial upgrades ...
Leave such choice boxes unchecked - and do not give your email address.
You could end up on a SPAM list.
Bulletins for Internet Explorer: Such
special configurations are one more reason to use Firefox!
4/4/12: Copy/Paste from Word
Did you upgrade your web browser to IE9? With IE9 you have to
modify the document mode to 'Use IE8' in order for the "Paste
from Word" tool to work correctly. You can do this by:
Open Sakai and login with IE9.
Open the compatibility screen for IE9 with F12. Then choose the 'Document
Mode' entry displayed in the bottom window that opens. Choose 'Internet
Explorer 8 Standards.'
Use the "Paste
from Word" icon.