What do you need for Webcourses@UCF?
It is important to prepare your computer to operate in the Webcourses@UCF environment. Please make the following adjustments to your computer:
Supported Operating Systems
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X or later
Check Your Browser
Webcourses@UCF is a platform that relies on your Internet browser to display content. It is important that you configure your browser correctly so it will function properly with Webcourses@UCF, allowing you to fully benefit from the online experience.
Browser Configuration Checklist
- Make sure that you are using a supported browser to access Webcourses@UCF
- Enable Cookies for the Webcourses@UCF site.
- Enable pop-up windows for the Webcourses@UCF site.
- Add Webcourses@UCF as a Trusted Site.
To ensure a successful online learning experience with your course, make sure you have the required downloads and plug-ins. Some of the most commonly used downloads and plug-ins include:
- Adobe PDF Reader
- Adobe Macromedia Flash Player
- RealPlayer Cloud or Windows Media Player (Windows 7 only)
Please review your course syllabus or contact your instructor for a list of any additional required plug-ins for your class.
Occasionally, you may see a message indicating that Webcourses@UCF is not a trusted site. You can set your browser to make Webcourses@UCF a trusted site by following these instructions (instructions may vary depending on browser):
- Open Internet Explorer.
- On the menu bar, select Tools > Internet Options.
- Select the Security tab at the top.
- Click the Trusted Sites icon.
- Then select the Sites… button.
- Uncheck the box next to Require server verification…
- In the Add this Web site to the zone box, type https://webcourses.ucf.edu
- Click Add.
- Click Close.
- Then click OK to close the Internet Options window.
- Open Firefox.
- Click the Firefox Menu and select Options.
- Select the Security tab.
- In the first section click the Exceptions button.
- Type https://webcourses.ucf.edu
- Click Allow.
- Click Close.
- Click OK.
Currently, Safari does not have an option to set permanent trusted sites. Whenever you visit Webcourses@UCF, be sure to click OK when asked whether or not Webcourses@UCF is a trusted site.
Pop-up blockers can cause a variety of problems if not configured appropriately. For Webcourses@UCF to function properly, your browser must allow pop-up windows from the Webcourses@UCF server. If you cannot view a discussion posting, quiz or have difficulty opening links, read through the support page linked below and follow the instructions:
Cookies are small pieces of data that are sent by a Web server (in our case, the Webcourses@UCF server) to a browser. The browser sends that cookie back each time it accesses the server.
Cookies are used by Webcourses@UCF for authentication purposes and must be enabled for your browser to access Webcourses@UCF. If cookies are not enabled, you may be improperly authenticated and could experience technical issues. At a minimum, session cookies must be enabled for your Webcourses@UCF site.
Problems resulting from cookies not being enabled include:
- Inability to login
- Ending up on the wrong login screen
- Getting kicked out of Webcourses@UCF and having to login again
The Browser Checker will check for cookie problems and provide a link to information about enabling cookies.
Adware / Spyware
If your browser is having problems displaying Webcourses@UCF, you may have an adware problem. Adware, advertising-supported software, automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used.