LearningNI - Advice for logging in outside school

The purpose of this guide is to provide information which may be useful to you when using your home computer or any other computer outside the school environment to access LearningNI.

Environment

Windows versions

Currently LearningNI (LNI) will run on the following versions of Windows:

Within the scope of the current contract, C2k are unable to support any other versions of Windows other than Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the version currently deployed in schools. LearningNI can be run on other operating systems such as Vista and Windows 7 but some unusual activity may be experienced.

Browser versions

A browser is the program used to access the Internet. C2k are currently unable to support any other browsers other than IE7, the version currently deployed in schools. LearningNI will run on IE8, Firefox and other browsers but some unusual activity may be experienced from time to time. When using IE8, LearningNI should be viewed in Compatibility View.

To view LearningNI in Compatibility View:

  1. Open Internet Explorer;
  2. Go to Tools \ Compatibility View Settings;
  3. Type learningni.net into the Add this website field;
  4. Click Add.

To find the version of IE on your computer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, by clicking on the icon on your desktop or opening your Internet connection in the normal way;
  2. Click Help from the toolbar;
  3. Select About Internet Explorer from the drop down menu.

You will see the screen shown below which will indicate the version of Internet Explorer.

Picture of a modal window showing version 7 of the IE browser is in use.

Using Learning NI Securely

Internet Explorer settings in schools

When you are logging into LearningNI in school you do not have to worry about Windows or browser versions because Internet Explorer within the C2K school environment is controlled centrally and it is already configured appropriately for all users.

Internet Explorer settings outside school

Access to LearningNI from outside school requires your internet browser to have a number of mandatory settings, most of which are already set as default. As LearningNI is a secure environment for children as well as adults it has been designed to optimise the security settings within the browser and so bring added protection.

You can check your settings and for those that are not set by default, change them using the following steps:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, by clicking on the icon or access your Internet connection in the normal way;
  2. Select Tools from the main menu;
  3. Select Internet Options from the drop down menu, as shown below.

Screenshot of LNI login screen in IE7 with the internet options highlighted from the tools menu.

This will display a screen similar to the following screen:

Picture of the 'Internet Options' modal dialogue box with the general tab selected.

The instructions in the following sections will help you ensure your settings are correct.

Advanced Settings

SSL 3.0 setting and ‘Do not save encrypted pages to disk’ setting:
  1. Click on the Advanced tab in the Internet Options window;
  2. Scroll down to the section headed security;
  3. Uncheck the box beside 'Do Not save encrypted pages to disk' as shown;
  4. Check the box beside Use SSL 3.0 as shown;
  5. Click OK.

Picture of the 'Internet Options' modal dialogue box with the advanced tab selected. 'Do not save encrypted pages to disk' is unchecked and 'Use SSL 3.0' is checked.

Privacy Settings

LearningNI will operate with a maximum privacy setting of 'Medium High'. To view and change this setting on your browser:

  1. Click on Tools, from the main Internet Explorer window;
  2. Click on Internet Options;
  3. Click on the Privacy tab, as shown;
  4. Place a tick inside the box beside the text Turn on Pop-up Blocker;
  5. Click on the Sites button;
  6. Type the address https://learningni.net into the window;
  7. Click Allow;
  8. Click OK.

Picture of the 'Per Site Privacy Actions' modal dialogue box with https://learningni.net typed into the address of website text box and the allow button selected.

Trusted Sites

LearningNI should be added as a trusted site to your PC. To add LearningNI as a trusted site:

  1. Click on Tools, from the main Internet Explorer window;
  2. Click on Internet Options;
  3. Click on the Security tab, as shown;
  4. Click on the Trusted Sites icon;
  5. Click on the Sites button;
  6. Type the address https://learningni.net into the window;
  7. Place a tick inside the box beside the text “Require server verification (https:) for all sites in the zone”;
  8. Click Add;
  9. Click OK.

Picture of the 'Trusted sites' modal dialogue box with https://learningni.net typed into the add this web site to the zone text box and the Require server verification check box checked.

Each time https://learningni.net is accessed from your browser, the trusted sites icon will appear next to the address field (as shown below)

Screenshot of LNI login screen in IE7 with the trusted sites icon and text deisplayed in the browser status bar.

Google / Yahoo! Toolbar and LNI


Users who have a Google or Yahoo! Toolbar installed on their home computer may find that the in-built Pop-Up Blocker Software within these applications blocks some of LearningNI's content. For example, the Alert and Library windows may not appear when clicked.

The following steps show how to manage the pop-up blocker software within these toolbars to allow pop-ups from within LearningNI.

NB: There are a number of different versions of each toolbar; however the steps to manage pop-up blocker software are broadly the same for each version

Google Toolbar

The Google Toolbar will be visible above or below the address bar in your internet browser window and will look similar to the following:

Google Toolbar

Google Pop-Up Blocker

If the Google Tool Bar pop-up blocker software is blocking pop-ups from the site you are currently on, you will see an icon like this in the toolbar area to inform you that pop-ups are being blocked:

Popups blocked

To allow pop-ups from LearningNI, click the pop-up blocker icon shown above when you are browsing the site. The icon should change to a pop-ups allowed icon:

Popups allowed

You only need to do this once as the pop-up blocker software remembers your preferences for each particular website.

Popup Blocker

Disabling the Google pop-up blocker software

You may want to disable the pop-up blocker software on the Google toolbar. The following steps outline how to achieve this.

If your Toolbar has a wrench Wrench icon, follow these steps:

  1. Click the wrench icon on your Toolbar
  2. Click the Tools tab in the ‘Toolbar Options’ window
  3. Deselect the ‘Pop-up blocker’ checkbox
  4. Click the Save button

Yahoo! Toolbar

The Yahoo! Tool Bar will be visible above or below the address bar in your internet browser and will look similar to the following:

Yahoo Toolbar

Yahoo Pop-Up Blocker

If the Yahoo! Tool Bar pop-up blocker software is blocking pop-ups from the site you are currently on you will see an icon like this in the tool bar area to inform you that pop-ups are being blocked:

Yahoo Popup Blocker On

If the Yahoo! Tool Bar pop-up blocker software is not blocking pop-ups from the site you are currently on you will see an icon like this in the tool bar area to inform you that pop-ups are not being blocked:

Yahoo Popup Blocker Off

To allow pop-ups from LearningNI, click the pop-up blocker icon shown above when you are browsing the site. The icon should change to a pop-ups allowed icon:   Popups Allowed

Alternatively, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Pop-Up Blocker menu from the toolbar
  2. Select Always Allow Pop-Ups From
  3. Select the site from the Sources of Recently Blocked Pop-Ups list
  4. Click Allow

You only need to do this once as the pop-up blocker software remembers your preferences for each particular website.

Disabling the Yahoo pop-up blocker software

You may want to disable or enable the pop-up blocker software on the Yahoo! toolbar. The following steps outline how to achieve this:

  1. Click the Pop-Up Blocker menu
  2. Select Enable Pop-Up Blocker
  3. If the checkmark is present, Pop-Up Blocker is off. If the checkmark is not present, Pop-Up blocker is enabled.