- What are the technical requirements for viewing Notre Dame OCW course materials?
- I can't log in. How do I get a Login Name and Password?
- I found a course that I like. How do I listen to the lectures?
- I downloaded a course, but can't view the materials. What do I do next?
- How do I download the videos?
- What technology is used to publish the Notre Dame OCW Web site?
The majority of Notre Dame OCW course sites work in modern Web browsers on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Although higher-speed connections are preferable, slower connections, such as modems, should allow users to view most materials on the sites (however, downloading or accessing materials may take somewhat longer).
You don't need to log in to view the materials. Simply click the links that you'll find in the navigation bars along the top and left side of each page, and within the content on the pages. (The Login link that you may be referring to, is only needed for those who are actually developing our OCW materials.)
Most of our courses do not contain audio or video lectures, but contain notes, outlines and/or slides. If audio/video is available, you'll find links in the table on that course's "Lectures" page. Video lectures will be in a streamed format and can be viewed using Apple's QuickTime® Player. Audio files will typically be stored in MP3 format, to be downloaded and listened to with an MP3 player.
When you click the link "Download IMS Package" found on a course page, you are downloading the files for the course in a specific format (IMS Content Packaging) that allows exporting from one learning content management system to another. However, viewing Notre Dame OCW materials is intended to be done online, in a Web browser, not offline, downloaded to your computer. Simply click the links on the course pages to navigate through the course materials.
Our videos are available in QuickTime® streaming format and can be viewed with the free multimedia player QuickTime® Player. A streaming video is played as its data packets come in over the network, and the data is then discarded. Since the video is never actually downloaded in its entirety, it can't be saved for viewing later.
Notre Dame OCW runs on the open source software, eduCommons, a content management system designed to support OpenCourseWare projects.