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University of Missouri-Columbia   Extension Technology and Computer Services—ETCS

 
  April 2002
Vol. 19, No. 2



A Technology Newsletter for Extension Specialists

 

 

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Downloading Courses from NETg
by Jill Dourty

If you are interested in taking NETg courses at home, NETg has fashioned their courses to meet the needs of a variety of users.

You can download NETg courses, disconnect, take the course, and later connect again to NETg to have your results uploaded to the NETg server. Conveniently, that process is so painless and seamless, that you shouldn’t even notice it happening! If you want to double check to make sure your scores have loaded, then all you have to do is refresh the web page that displays your training plan. Follow the instructions below to download the course player (called Skill Builder DX) and the courses.

After you have logged into NETg, select the course you would like to take offline. Click on “Take Course” on the next page and wait for the player to open. When you see the Skill Builder DX window that says “Start Up Options”, choose “Download” from the menu bar at the top of that window.  You have the following options:

  • From Course Map (downloads entire course)
  • From My Learning Track (downloads sections of the course which you choose)
  • From Fast Track to a Topic (downloads only a specific subject within that course, which you choose)

(Once you have selected one of the above options, you will be able to change your mind by clicking on the desired tab.) Click on the checKbox in front of what you would like to download to select it. Next, you will need to decide if you want to download that course, or section or topic with or without audio. You will notice an incredible size difference between audio and no audio downloads, the more Kb listed, the larger the file to be downloaded. Remember to be conscious of the file size if you are on a time constraint! Click on “Download with (or without) audio” to begin downloading. When the window pops up, identify where you want to save this course (the default location is best) and click ok. After the course has finished downloading, another window will pop to let you know it is done. You may either click on “Start Course” (starts the course immediately) or “Done” (closes the window and allows for you to take it at a later point). Now you may disconnect from the internet and work on the course offline.

When you are ready to take the course, click on your start button, go to programs, click on “NETg” and then choose “Skill Builder DX”. If you have downloaded more than one module to your computer, you will see a window with those modules listed. Select your module and then click the “Start Course” button.  You will be prompted for your UserID, which is still the same as your email id (the part before @). Enter your UserID. Click “OK”. The course will begin. When you have finished with your modules, you will need to reconnect to the internet and login to NETg again. When you access the NETg web site, your scores from your downloaded course(s) will be sent to NETg's database. You will not see this happening as it will run in the background. 

After you have connected to NETg again to have your scores uploaded, it is then safe to uninstall the course, section or topic from your computer. To do this, click on the start button, then programs and then NETg. From that list, choose to Uninstall “Skill Builder DX”. Select the course (or courses) you want to delete. Click “Ok” in response to the “Uninstall Complete” message. Your scores should appear on your NETg Training Plan page. 

Special Note: Human Resource titles have a special procedure for downloading and accessing offline. For additional information on Human Resource titles or on downloading those titles, please contact ETCS or visit http://etcs.ext.missouri.edu/netg/hrtitles.htm.

 

 

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