Online Learning Essentials Resources
All of the software listed below are available as free resources. Click on the links to learn more or download.
Browser Plug-Ins and Extras
Adobe Acrobat Reader (Windows/Linux/Mac/Android)
Adobe's Acrobat Reader allows you to view, print, and save pdf documents such as the many forms found on rlc.edu. Acrobat Reader will not allow you to create pdf documents. Acrobat Reader is free and easy to install.
Adobe Flash Player (Windows/Linux/Mac)
This plug-in allows you to view flash content on web pages. Flash is safe and completely free.
Adobe Shockwave (Windows/Mac)
This plug-in allows you to view shockwave content on web pages. Shockwave is safe and completely free.
This plug-in is required to view some content on the Internet, including features of Blackboard.
Productivity Software / Office Applications
Microsoft Office 365 (Windows/Macs/iPad/Android)
Office 365 Education for Students is available for RLC students and it's free! Office 365 products include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Publisher. It also includes one (1) terabyte of OneDrive online file storage. Use your WarriorMail credentials to get started!
Note: Office 365 is compatible with Windows 7 and 8 and available for local installation. For those using Vista or XP, local installation is not available; however, you will be able to access most Office products online through the Office portal. Log in at portal.office.com and use your WarriorMail credentials.
Google Applications (online, cloud-based access)
Google provides the following cloud-based tools; available to you from any device with Internet access!
- Google Docs - an online word processing tool
- Google Slides - an online slide presentation application
- Google Sheets - an online spreadsheet application
Use your WarriorMail address or Gmail account to create, edit, and collaborate from anywhere. By default, Google Docs saves your documents to your online storage within Google Drive. For more information about Google Drive, see below.
Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (Windows)
PowerPoint Viewer is a free download and allows you to view existing presentations created in PowerPoint 2007 or later.
OpenOffice (Windows/Linux/ Mac)
Apache OpenOffice is an open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
Web Browsers & Other Tools
Mozilla Firefox (Windows/Linux/Mac)
A free, non-profit browser for desktop or mobile.
Google Chrome (Windows/Linux/Mac/Android/iOS)
A free Web browser for desktop or mobile use.
Google Drive offers 15GB cloud-based storage for any file. Files created in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides are stored here by default. Use your WarriorMail or Gmail account to log in and access your files from anywhere!
Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a web browser that may be required to access tests or quizzes within Blackboard. Not all online/hybrid courses utilize LockDown Browser. Your instructor will inform you of LockDown Browser requirements and provide documentation to help you get started.
Silverlight is a free plug-in that works with your browser to provide access to interactive web pages.