• Computer-Based Training FAQs

    (previously ISA CyberU)

    If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please review the listing of troubleshooting solutions below. Should you not be able to resolve your problem through investigating numbered items below, please send an email to Report A Problem detailing your specific error. Upon receipt, our technical support group will get back to you as soon as possible to investigate or provide a resolution to your issue.

    For other online course issues/questions relating to course content or material, please email lmshelp@isa.org. In order for us to better assist you and explain your problem, please attach a screenshot example of any material which is in question, if applicable.

    ISA online courses are not compatible with the MAC OS

    For all non-technical questions, you may contact ISA's Customer Service Department at info@isa.org or 919/549-8411.

    Preview of ISA Computer-Based Training for New Users 

    1. What are the minimum system requirements for ISA online courses?
    2. What do the courses provide?
    3. How do I purchase the courses?
    4. When I go to the link to access my courses, I'm asked to log in, but I never get a link to go any further.
    5. The link still didn't appear. What do I do now?
    6. When I click on "Launch", nothing happens or an error message pops up. What should I see?
    7. When the course opens, I can't see all of the text on the screen and/or there aren't any arrows or Next buttons to get around inside the course.
    8. When I finish my course, I don't see my score and it doesn't show up on my transcript.
    9. When I try to play a pre-recorded Web seminar, Windows Media Player opens but it does not play the seminar. Instead, it says "Error downloading codec." What do I do?
    10. When I try to view an online training course with video segments, I can see the text, but the video appears as a black box and never starts. -OR- I can see the video, but the sound doesn't play, even though I have the volume on. What do I do?
    11. I use McAfee or Norton Internet Security software and I'm having trouble accessing the courses. What do I do?
    12. I've tried the various solutions listed here, but the courses still do not work. How do I troubleshoot?
    13. I have Windows VISTA on my computer/laptop and the courses will not open/launch. What do I do ?
    14. For some of the courses, I cannot hear the sound. What do I do?
    15. From My Training Home page, when I click on the course to access, all I see is a white screen and nothing else?

    Important Note: Web seminar live and recorded purchases entitle user to one (1) site license per event, per individual or company. Fees may not be charged for event admission or license transfer to other entities, without authorization by ISA.

    The Basics

    1. What are the minimum system requirements for ISA online courses?

    Hardware

    • Pentium II with 16-bit sound card
    • 128 MB RAM
    • PC Speakers and/or headphones
    • High-speed Internet Connection: 128K required, 256K recommended
    • Color VGA monitor (0.28 pitch, Non-interlaced)
    • Microsoft compatible mouse
     

    Software

     

    Recommended Specifications:

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 1.6 GHz (or equivalent) and later, 1000 MB RAM, Windows 2000, Windows XP, 1024 x 768, 32-bit display, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, Mozilla Firefox 1.x., Flash Player 8 or above.

    2. What do the courses provide?

    Each course provides:

    • interactive audio and visual presentations. Images are JPGs and GIFs, and ASF/MP3; ASF/WMV/FLX is used for audio and video respectively. Some courses contain Flash animations and delivered using Microsoft ASP/ASP.Net and Adobe Flash.
    • review questions throughout to check your understanding.
    • access for up to 1 month from date of purchase. (Special one-year access options available for library or curriculum purchases.)
    • a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Units (CEU) or Professional Development Hours (PDH) upon successful completion for applicable courses.

    3. How do I purchase the courses?

    If you are purchasing the courses for yourself, you can buy them through ISA.org at the ISA Online Training page.

    If you would like to purchase a list of courses for an employee training program, please contact ISA at info@isa.org or (919) 549-8411.

    Accessing the Learning Management System (LMS)


    4. When I go to the link to access my courses, I'm asked to log in, but I never get a link to go any further.

    To access your courses, you first head to http://lms.isa.org. If you have not logged into the isa.org site, you will be asked to log in after going to this link. If already logged into your isa.org account, go to the Access Training link located under the Training & Certification tab on the menu bar.

    5. The link still didn't appear. What do I do now?

    If the link still does not show up, you may be having problems staying logged in. To check and make sure you are still logged in, go to the Update My Record page at the Members Corner page. If that page shows your personal information, you are logged in to the isa.org site. If not, try the following solutions:

    • If you are using Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options and click on the Privacy tab. Set the Privacy slider to Medium.
    • If you are using Netscape, set the browser to allow cookies. Different versions of Netscape have this option in different places, but try opening Edit > Preferences and looking for an option called Cookies, Advanced, or Privacy.
    • When you log into isa.org, check the "Save this password on my computer for automatic sign in" box. If you are concerned about staying logged in after you leave the computer, log out using the link at the top of isa.org.

    Accessing the Courses

    6. When I click on Open item or Enroll button, nothing happens or an error message pops up.
    What should I see?

    ISA's online courses open in a new window. Your browser toolbars may disappear. If no window opens or an error message pops up, here are two common issues to look at:

     Do you have JavaScript turned on? If you do not, then the "Launch" link will not work. Check your browser settings and set JavaScript to "ON". (Internet Explorer refers to JavaScript as "Scripting".)

     Do you have a popup blocker on your computer? It may be blocking the opening of a new window. Most blockers have the capability to add particular sites to a list of sites that have permission to open new windows. Add www.isa.org and isalaunch.claritynet.com to that list, and you should be fine.

    Popup blockers come in several different programs, so it can be hard to find and turn them all off or to allow the proper URLs in every one. Here are some possibilities:

    • Browsers often have popup blockers that come with the browser. The latest versions of Internet Explorer and FireFox both have popup blockers. You can normally find the settings for the blockers by looking in the browser menus for Settings, Preferences, or Options.
    • Browser Toolbars often come with popup blockers as well. The Google and Yahoo! toolbars both have popup blockers. Since these blockers sometimes don't have the same options as the other blockers for allowing sites, we suggest turning their popup blockers off completely for the duration of the training session.
    • Internet Service Provider (ISP) software sometimes comes with popup blockers. A good example of Earthlink's TotalAccess software. Each keeps the blocker settings in a different place, so you may have to look around for it or contact your ISP technical support.
    • Internet Security software, such as personal firewalls and spam blockers, may include popup blockers. Good examples of such programs are Norton Internet Security, McAfee Internet Security Suite, and ZoneAlarm. You may need to search in the program's Help file to change the settings, since each has a different place for them.

    (For additional instructions on how to handle this feature in several browsers and toolbars, see well-written pages on the Justis.com and the State of Michigan sites. Popup blockers can be found in many different programs, and as a result, it is impossible to give detailed instructions on how to find them all.)

    If you think you have disabled all PopUp blockers and your course will still not launch, try holding down the Ctrl key while clicking the launch link. If holding the Ctrl key while clicking the launch link opens the page, it is likely that it is a pop-up blocker blocking the document from opening instead of a virus blocker or the firewall blocking the document from opening.


    Course Problems

    7. When the course opens, I can't see all of the text on the screen and/or there aren't any arrows or Next buttons to get around inside the course.

     

    All of the courses require that your screen resolution be set to at least 1024 x 768 pixels. Otherwise some of the navigation or text may appear offscreen and you will not be able to access it.

    To check screen resolution in Windows, right-click on any empty area on the desktop and select "Properties." On the window that opens up next, select the tab marked "Settings." There should be a slider near the bottom of that window labeled "Screen Resolution." Move it up to 1024 x 768 pixels and click "Apply." For Windows 7.0, right click and select "screen resolution".

    8. When I finish my course, I don't see my score and it doesn't show up on my transcript.

    When you finish the final test, a new window should open and show you your test score. If the window does not open, and you have popup blocker software, check and make sure that www.isa.org is on your list of sites that have permission to open new windows. When the window opens, the score is also stored in your transcript, so it is vital that the window opens.

    Following the score confirmation window, the data should then be transferred to your transcript. Your transcript should now indicate the date/time of completion and last access of your course, as well as the latest (and highest) score received on the exam.

    If it seemed like all the new windows opened, try re-accessing the class by clicking on Launch. Courses hosted off of the isa.org server are set to download the last score any time the course is opened.

    Also, please note: When exiting out of the course after completion of your post exam, be sure to hit the exit button within the course to close out appropriately, and not your browser button. Not closing correctly out of the course, may also deter the score transfer to your transcript.


    9. When I try to play a pre-recorded Web seminar, Windows Media Player opens but it does not play the seminar. Instead, it says "Error downloading codec." What do I do?

    Codecs are small files that Windows Media Player uses to tell it how to decode and display different video and audio formats. Since the pre-recorded Web seminars are in Windows Media (WMV) format, it is likely you either have an older version of Windows Media Player or the codecs have been corrupted in some way. If you have an older version of Windows Media Player try upgrading your version. That will also install fresh codecs. You can get the latest version here:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia 

    If you continue having problems, check here for some other frequently asked questions about Windows Media Player:http://msmvps.com/chrisl/articles/11303.aspx 

    If you have experienced the specific codec media player error of C00D11C7, please download and install the codec from the link below: http://www.isa.org/filestore/training/acelp_net.exe 


    10. When I try to view an online training course with video segments, I can see the text, but the video appears as a black box and never starts.
    -OR-
    I can see the video, but the sound doesn't play, even though I have the volume on. What do I do?

    Many of the online courses ISA offers use video to provide an enriching educational experience. The videos require Flash Player 8 or above. So, if you experience difficulty viewing some of the courses, you may need to download the latest version of Flash Player.


    Further Troubleshooting

     

     

     

    11. I use McAfee or Norton Internet Security software and I'm having trouble accessing the courses. What do I do?

    Recent updates in both of these software packages are currently causing problems with some of our courses. If you are using either software package and have trouble accessing your courses after applying the other fixes in this FAQ, please shut off the McAfee or Norton Internet Security software. You can leave the antivirus protection on; the problem seems to stem from the firewall protection. We're investigating why this is happening.

    12. I've tried the various solutions listed here, but the courses still do not work.
    How do I troubleshoot?

    Here are some tips for troubleshooting:

    • Do you have access to another computer in another location? Sometimes testing the course on another computer will give a clue as to the problem.
    • ISA's courses all use Windows Media Player. If you are accessing the courses at work, check with your IT department to make sure Windows Media isn't blocked.
    • Were you able to access the courses previously, but are not able to now? Remembering what changes have been made to the computer in between those times can save a lot of troubleshooting.
    • Don't be afraid to get your IT support involved if you are accessing the courses from your company. They often know exactly what changes might have been made or what potential problems could arise.
    • Try another browser such as Mozilla, Firefox, Netscape, or Opera
    • If you are trying to open a PowerPoint file try holding down the Ctrl key while clicking the launch link. If holding the Ctrl key while clicking the launch link opens the document, it is likely that it is a pop-up blocker blocking the document from opening instead of a virus blocker or the firewall blocking the document from opening.

    13. I have Windows VISTA on my computer/laptop and the courses will not open/launch.
    What do I do ?

    The majority, but not all online courses support the Windows Vista platform. If difficulty is encountered, it is recommended that courses be taken in a later Windows environment.

    14. For some of the courses, I cannot hear
    the sound.

    The courses provided through ISA Online Training are developed in different formats and by various vendors. Also, some of the courses may have been developed earlier than others, and are not compatible in certain newer browser windows and systems. If this occurs, it is suggested that you look in your upper right hand corner of the course screen for a "broken document icon". If you click on this icon, it should move you into a compatibility mode, where you should now be able to hear the sound of the course and its modules through your current browser application.

    15. From My Training Home page, when I click on the course to access, all I see is a white screen and nothing else?

    When you access your training course, you should initially come to a white screen that has a small green icon with the word "Course" after it. Double click on the "Course" link, and it should link to the course for access. It sometimes takes a short period for the files to load. Once the loading process begins, you should see a blue screen that prompts you to pick the baud rate of delivery, and then at the bottom right hand side of the screen, an icon to "Enter Course". If you do not get to the blue screen when you click on the original course icon, try closing out and re-entering, and that should allow you to then go through the steps to access the course from the server. Again, please note that it sometimes takes a short period of time for the course to cycle through for access.

    If the above process still does not produce results, please be sure you have addressed all other items in this FAQ, as it relates to your individual computer system, as security measures could be preventing access.