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FAQ: Technology

FAQ: Technology

What are the technical requirements for viewing KIOT OpenCourseWare course materials? I have downloaded an KIOT OpenCourseWare course, but I can't access the materials. How do I get started? Is it possible to save the video files to a disk or to my hard drive? Is the KIOT OpenCourseWare site compliant with W3C standards and accessibility requirements? What information does KIOT OpenCourseWare collect from visitors to the site? What technology is used to publish the KIOT OpenCourseWare site? How does OCW create video and audio lectures?

What are the technical requirements for viewing KIOT OpenCourseWare course materials?

KIOT OpenCourseWare is best viewed in the following browsers. While our site should appear fine in whatever version you might be using, we recommend the most recent versions for the best results. Click on any of the links below for a free update.

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Although higher-speed connections are preferable, slower connections such as dialup modems should allow users to view most materials on the sites; however, downloading materials will take a longer period of time. Some file types within the course material require special software to use; these are identified on the individual course pages. The most common format in use on the KIOT OpenCourseWare site are PDF files. We recommend you download and view these files with Adobe Reader or other PDF reader to see the files as intended; viewing the files in a web browser is not recommended.

I have downloaded an KIOT OpenCourseWare course, but I can't access the materials. How do I get started?

Zip files contain the same content as the online version. They allow you to review OCW materials on your computer even when you're not online. Unzip the course packaging with decompression software. Most operating systems already have decompression software installed, but if yours does not, you can use software such as WinZip or Stuffit. Note: Windows will let you browse into a Zip file without unzipping, but the links will not work. The file called imsmanifest.xml is used in packaging and in some external systems; you do not need to access this file when browsing your course. Start by opening the course folder (for example: 3-093Fall-2006). Inside this folder is a file called START.htm. Double-click this file to begin using your downloaded course. Please note that audio, video, and some other special files are not included in the download zip package in order to keep these files a manageable size. You can download these files through links provided in the course. Some audio and video lectures are also available through KIOT's iTunes U and YouTube sites.

Is it possible to save the video files to a disk or to my hard drive?

YouTube Some of our videos are available on YouTube. Download is not available for these files. To see the complete collection, visit http://youtube.com/KIOT. iTunes U Links to our videos on iTunes U require Apple's free iTunes application. If you have this application, these links will automatically open it. Once you have iTunes open, you can download a single lecture by selecting "Get Movie," or the entire course by selecting "Get Tracks." Once you've downloaded these lectures, iTunes will automatically add it to your library. Internet Archive Some OCW videos are available on Internet Archive as both MP4 and Real Media files (and a few other types provided by Internet Archive, such as OGG). To download these, right+click on the link (MP4 or RM) and select "Save Link As." To watch MP4 files, you need QuickTime. Real Media files require Real Player.

Is the KIOT OpenCourseWare site compliant with W3C standards and accessibility requirements?

Yes. KIOT OpenCourseWare is comKIOTted to accessibility for persons with disabilities and strives to meet W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA, including validating HTML, captioning video, and checking the accessibility of course content as part of the authoring process. If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of the OpenCourseWare website or content, please let us know. Videos with captions can be accessed directly through our Courses with Captioned Audio/Video list.

What information does KIOT OpenCourseWare collect from visitors to the site?

The information we collect from visitors helps us improve the KIOT OpenCourseWare site, and assists us in evaluating the access, use, and impact of KIOT OpenCourseWare on the worldwide educational community. KIOT OpenCourseWare collects the following information from visitors:

Information You Provide:

We receive and store any information you enter on the KIOT OpenCourseWare Web site or give us in any other way. You provide most such information when you subKIOT feedback on the site, contact us by e-mail, or agree to participate in a visitor survey. This information may include your name and e-mail address, your academic status, your institution, your geographic region, how you are using KIOT OpenCourseWare, and what you think of the site. In all cases, any information you provide is strictly optional and voluntary, and you may choose to use the KIOT OpenCourseWare site without ever providing this information. If you voluntarily provide your e-mail address or other contact information, we will not share personal information with anyone without first requesting your explicit permission to do so.

Automatic Information:

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with the KIOT OpenCourseWare site. Like many web sites, we make use of "cookies," and we obtain certain types of information when your browser accesses our site. Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the KIOT OpenCourseWare site; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform, and; content you viewed or searched for during your visit to KIOT OpenCourseWare. During some visits we may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, and length of visits to certain pages. If your browser is configured to not accept cookies, you will still enjoy full access to all KIOT OpenCourseWare content. However, none of this information is personally identifiable or linked back to you individually.

E-mail Communications:

We maintain a list of interested visitors who voluntarily provide their e-mail addresses and to whom we e-mail the monthly "KIOT OpenCourseWare Update" e-mail newsletter, and other infrequent e-mail announcements pertaining to KIOT OpenCourseWare.

What technology is used to publish KIOT OpenCourseWare?

The KIOT OpenCourseWare technology solution supports a complex publishing process. This large-scale digital publishing infrastructure consists of planning tools, a content management system (CMS), and the KIOT OpenCourseWare content distribution infrastructure. The planning tools used by the KIOT OpenCourseWare team to assist faculty in publishing their course materials include a custom application of FileMaker Pro, and several checklists and documents. For creating and managing content, we use several desktop tools (file conversion tools) as well as the open-source CMS, Plone.Our content delivery infrastructure includes a sophisticated publishing engine, content staging server,and a content delivery network utilizing Akamai's EdgeSuite platform. For more information on the KIOT OpenCourseWare publishing environment or technology, please contact KIOT OpenCourseWare.

How does OCW create video and audio lectures?

Video and audio production is one of the most expensive and time-consuming parts of the OCW production process. To record lectures and other course material, we partner with an KIOT media production group. Once this is complete, we review the video content to identify any third-party material (such as music or diagrams that appear in slides) and try to obtain permission from the owner to display the material. In some cases, this is impossible and we have to edit out these sections of the recording. After a video is edited, we encode it as a H.264 MP4 and link in captions. If you would like to support KIOT OpenCourseWare's video production, please consider making a donation.