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End of Access to Online Courses Using Internet Explorer 6

July 01, 2009 | 1 Minute Read

As of June 1, 2009, all access to online course Web sites at JHSPH has been blocked if you attempt to log in using Internet Explorer 6.

Support for Internet Explorer 6 in online courses ended in January, 2008. This information was displayed on the online courses home page at the time, and the Computing Requirements for Online Courses page was updated to reflect this change. This information is also distributed during Introduction to Online Learning.

Attempting to use Internet Explorer 6 in online courses can cause problems taking online quizzes or exams, filling out lecture and LiveTalk evaluations, submitting files to the Drop Box, utilizing wikis, and more. We certainly don't want students, faculty, or staff who access online courses to have similar problems. As such, we are requiring that everyone use a supported Web browser (Internet Explorer 7 or 8, or Firefox 3) on their Windows computer if they want to continue to access online courses from JHSPH.

We understand that asking individuals to upgrade or change their Web browser may be disruptive. However, it's important that everyone use a Web browser that is modern, security and standards-compliant, and works within the online course system from JHSPH. Internet Explorer 6 was released on August 27, 2001, and lacks the support needed for some of the tools currently in use in online courses and for some of the tools to be made available in the coming year.

If you are worried about updating Internet Explorer and what that might do to your operating system, you can download and use Firefox 3 instead as that will not update your operating system in the same way that Internet Explorer 7 or 8 does.

You can download Internet Explorer 7 or 8 from


You can download Firefox 3 from


If you have questions, please feel free to contact DEHelp.