We are excited that we plan to release Northstar V 2.0 October 28. The updates will include a newly designed website and a completely rebuilt admin portal for testing-location admins and proctors. In anticipation of this release, please plan on not using the Northstar website the weekend of October 27 and 28, as our current website will be unavailable. Admins and proctors will receive communications this month with more information on how to best prepare for the upgrade. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive updates as the release approaches.

Enabling Flash Player in Chrome Browser

March 16th at 1:00pm CST

Some sponsor sites are experiencing issues with Northstar when using the Chrome browser. When launching an assessment, Chrome may display a page describing your system's Adobe Flash Player which comes installed with Chrome instead of showing the assessment. This is happening because Google is moving away from auto-allowing Flash for its users, which Northstar depends on currently. (You can read a blog post on this from Google at https://blog.google/products/chrome/flash-and-chrome/ ). As a result, you'll need to manually re-enable Flash in order to utilize Northstar's assessments in Chrome. It is possible to use Firefox instead of Chrome, although Chrome tends to have the most consistent behavior.

Below are some instructions on re-enabling Flash in Chrome, taken from Google's support page. We also want to mention that Northstar is working hard to migrate our assessments from a Flash-based platform to a more future-friendly HTML5 platform, which will simplify the Northstar experience; this will likely be a couple-year process, however.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the "more" symbol which looks like More then "Settings".
  3. At the bottom, click "Show advanced settings".
  4. Under "Privacy," click "Content settings".
  5. Under "Flash," choose "Ask first before allowing sites to run Flash."
  6. At the bottom, click Done.

If you choose to have websites ask, but you don't see a prompt when you visit a webpage, follow these steps:

  1. To the left of the web address, click the icon you see: Lock Lock, Info Info, or Dangerous Dangerous.
  2. Next to "Flash," click the Arrows .
  3. Select "Always allow on this site."
  4. Reload the webpage.

Email us at support@digitalliteracyassessment.org if you have any questions.


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