Voice Tools: Browser Pop-up Blockers Moodle ISU


Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools facilitate and promote vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment -- perfect for language learning, and creating vocal exercises in any subject.

Voice Boards craft threaded voice discussions which provide a warm vocal component beyond traditional message boards.

Blackboard Collaborate requires Java to be installed on the user’s computer. This guide will explain how to install Java and how to deal with pop-up blockers.

Note: Many mobile devices do not run Java and therefore the Voice Tools applications will not be accessible on those devices. If you are unsure if your device will run Java you may need to check with the device manufacturer.

This guide will help you to:

Guides for the other Voice Tools:

Student Guides for Voice Tools:

Download Java (free download)

Click on the Java link to download the latest version to your computer.

Enabling JavaScript in Firefox  and Cookies  

Any new version of Firefox Mozilla will allow you to turn on/off JavaScript in the options tab. If you need assistance with your Java please contact the ITRC.

To open or view the menu bar for Firefox:

  1. Click on the View tab located at the top left hand corner of your page


  1. Drag your cursor over to  the Toolbars tab.


  1. Click on the Menu bar option.  You should now see the menu bar where the orange tab used to be.

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  1. Click on Tools in the browser.


  1. Select Options.


  1. Click the Privacy tab.
  2. In the Firefox will: dropdown Select Use custom settings for history.


  1. Check Accept cookies from sites


  1. Click OK to accept any changes.

Using the Pop-Up Blocker in Firefox

There are some functions in Moodle ISU that require that the pop-up blocker be turned off.

To open or view the menu bar for Firefox:

  1. Click on the View tab located at the top left hand corner of your page.
  2. Drag your cursor over to the Toolbars tab
  3. Click on the Menu bar option.  You should now be able to see the menu bar where the orange tab used to be.
  4. Go to Tools
  5. Select Options (a pop-up screen will appear)
  6. Click on the Content tab, and Click on Exceptions (the first button from the top). A pop-up screen will appear.

  1. In the Address of website field, Type “*.isu.edu” (without the quotations).
  2. Click the Allow button. The website will now be in the Site menu/status area.

  1. Click Close. The pop-up screen will disappear.

  1. Click the OK button to save and close the options window.

For more information please visit http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Wimba/Using_the_Voice_Tools

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