Students can use the Virtual Office Hours (VOH) instructional project for 24 hour access to all posted course materials, submission of questions to the instructor, and for viewing other students' questions, and the answers, online.
There are several options for free access to VOH. It is not a course
requirement, but an opportunity to participate in a new way of learning chemistry and biochemistry as it is being created.
Access Sites On Campus
The VOH project is housed on the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry World Wide Web site on the Internet.
To use VOH, students need a computer connected to the Internet and some communication and browser software. The following are sites on campus with computers connected to the Internet for student use:
You can also access VOH using your own computer in your dorm room directly connected to the campus
network and configured with browsing software; Netscape is recommended, and is included in the BruinOnline (BOL) package.
- The Departmental Chemistry Instructional Computing (CIC) Lab, 6096 Young Hall
|Monday-Thursday||9 AM-9 PM|
|Friday||9 AM-5 PM|
|Sunday||10 AM-2 PM|
- Computers in one of the UCLA Office of Academic (OAC) Computing Commons:
- 4328 Math Sciences Annex: 24 Hour BruinOnline Access Lab
- 4302 Math Sciences Annex
- 2035 Public Policy
- A1-228 Center for the Health Sciences
- Computers in one of the following residence halls (if you are an on-campus housing resident):
- Dykstra; Griffin Commons (Sunset Village); Hedrick; Hershey
- All libraries will be adding computers for accessing the Internet this year.
Off Campus Users Will Need. . .
- an online service account
- BruinOnLine (recommended for all users, for ease of setup, use and cost.) Go to a BOL kiosk at MSA 4302 or ASUCLA Computer Store with your University ID.
- Prodigy, Compuserve, America Online and other online services can be used, either alone or with BOL.
- A Mac or a PC
68020 or better (All Macs except Plus, SE, or the original Classic)
- PCs: 386, 486 or Pentium PC
- Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, or Windows 95
- Either platform:
- 8MB total RAM minimum recommended
- hard disk drive with 10 MB of free space
- a high density floppy drive (1.4 MB)
- 14,400 bps modem (28,800 modems are better, but must support true V.34)
- online software kit provided by your service. This kit will include browser and communication software.
(See BruinOnline Software Kit.)
- If you are having trouble with home access, we have provided one
online configuration example to help you with
configuring a sample outside service. See also the BOL Troubleshooting Guide.
How to Access Virtual Office Hours Using the Netscape browser
Open Netscape. Menu select File>Open Location and type in the following address (called a URL):
Click the "Open" button and the Virtual Office Hours Home Page will load shortly. Now you are ready to explore VOH! To move to other pages, just click on underlined text (called hypertext links) or icons.
If there is not already a bookmark for "UCLA Virtual Office Hours Home Page" on the computer you are using, menu select Bookmarks>Add Bookmark. A bookmark with this name will appear in the Bookmarks menu that you can select in the future without having to remember the URL.
Tips for Using Netscape with Large Documents
One of the primary uses of this project will be online viewing and printing of documents. Electronic documents can be viewed online by selecting the relevant hypertext link and printed by menu selecting File>Print. However, some handwritten documents are a series of scanned image files that load slowly and present special problems for both browsing and printing.
Suggestions for Online Viewing and Printing of Documents
- Allocate as much RAM to the application memory as possible.
- Do not keep other applications open while in Virtual Office Hours.
- If you find that some of the pages appear as broken image icons, hold your mouse button down on the image icon until a menu appears. Select "load image." Repeat for each broken image until all pages are loaded.
- Scanned documents can be printed but you will notice that the page spacing will not be perfect.
- Some documents may print black with white letters. This can be fixed by menu selecting File>Page Setup>Options and checkmarking Invert Image, then reprinting.
If you have comments or questions regarding the Virtual Office Hours
project, contact the project
This page was authored by
Mary Anne Burns.
It is now maintained by firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Revised: September 22, 1996