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Students: Technical Requirements for Working in Moodle
Posted by Hart Wilson, Last modified by Hart Wilson on 05 January 2017 05:32 PM

This article describes software considerations for working in Moodle.

Software Applications You Will Need

Our Platform: MS Office
SOU's official suite of desktop applications is Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Here are some tips and tools for using Office programs in Moodle:
  • Consider drafting long discussion forum responses in Word rather than in Moodle. If your Internet connection times out while you are reflecting and writing, you can lose your work. When you draft forum or other text responses in Word, you may see the best results for copying and pasting into Moodle if you save your file in rich text format (.rtf) before you copy your response. Pasting text in rtf format will reduce formatting problems in Moodle text boxes.
  •  If you have MS Office 2003, download this compatibility pack that will enable you to open files created in MS Office 2007 (files ending in .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.).

How to Obtain MS Office
If you do not have MS Office installed on your computer, you have several options including:

  • Visit the Microsoft Student Store and purchase a student version of Office.
  • Take advantage of web-based versions of MS Office applications in Google Docs (overview of Google Docs).  
  • Download the FREE Open Office program from the link below.

Other Software
Do you have all of these utility applications installed on your computer? Click on a logo to download the latest version. (See important note below before you start.) The Distance Education web site offers a more comprehensive list of applications you may need for an online course.

Get Adobe Reader
forviewing pdf files
Get Adobe Flash Player
multimedia flash player
 Get Open Office
alternative to MS Office applications
Get Quick Time
for playing audio
and video files
Get Java
applications & applets for
chat & viewing 3D images
Get Firefox
 best web browser
for Moodle


Attention!Please note: Some of these free programs may include optional software or email sign-ups for news and updates. You do not have to sign up for or install the optional (EXTRA) stuff. It is advisable NOT to check the optional boxes. Your free downloads will work just fine without the optional features.
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