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Technical & Other Issues

PLEASE READ:  We want to provide you with fast support – that’s why the webmaster regularly monitors incoming email and the course platform. We are here for you! Yet to spare you the agony of “back and forth” emails, and because most tech issues can be immediately resolved at your end, we ask that you review the below Q&A’s. *We need certain info to provide you with proper support, so please take a moment to do this before emailing (contact info below).*

(Note: if your issue is regarding a payment or purchase matter, please email webmaster@debramacleod.com with details.)

TROUBLESHOOTING Q&A’S
I can't sign-in to my account / course! What's wrong?
If you can’t sign-in to your account, you may have accidentally mistyped your email address when creating your account. If you feel this is the case, please email webmaster@debramacleod.com to have the situation corrected. Please include a) your full name, b) your correct email address, and c) the course you are enrolled in.

It is also common for a person with multiple email addresses to forget which email address they used to enroll in a course and to try signing-in with an incorrect email address.

It’s equally common for a person to create two separate accounts with us using different email addresses: that is, they create one account with one email address (i.e. work) but then create another account and purchase a course with a different email address (i.e. personal). Whenever you successfully enroll in a course, you will receive a detailed “Getting Started” email from me. Whichever email address received that “Getting Started” email is the one you will need to use to access your course.

Another reason for sign-in problems is a mistyped or forgotten password.  If you need to reset your password (or change your email or account details), you can do so at: programs.debramacleod.com/users/sign_in.

More rarely, you may be unable to access an account or course because your enrollment period (one year) has expired. If you suspect this is the case, email webmaster@debramacleod.com. In most instances, we will simply extend your enrollment at no cost. You will not be expected to re-purchase a course you have previously purchased.

How is my course laid out? How can I access the different parts, especially the audio portion?
The course walk-through video at the bottom of this page can help you learn to navigate your course. Once you sign-in to a crash course for the first time, you will need to spend a few moments finding your way around. A course and its various features will load, appear and function differently on different devices, models and browsers. You will need to locate the menu button and your student dashboard. Once you begin (or resume) your course, you will see that it is arranged in three distinct parts – Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 – according to subject matter. Each of these three parts contains: a) a brief written welcome, b) the main audio content, c) the audio content with calming video and; d) a program supplement.

All parts of your course are displayed in drop-down format. To access the audio content, click on the part of the course you want to listen to – Part 1, 2 or 3 – and then click on the corresponding audio content for that part. You will then see the playback bar. This playback bar usually appears at the top of the screen, with the audio time markers and course topics listed below it. You can drag the audio playback bar back and forth to locate certain topics. I am confident that you will enjoy an easy, comfortable learner experience after a few moments of orienting yourself.

When you initially enrolled in your course, I sent you a “Getting Started” email that included some excellent tips and links to help you get the most out of your course. If you haven’t reviewed that, it really is worth your while to do so.

I'm in my course, but I can't find what I'm looking for. Why not?
Please bear in mind that a course and its various features will load, appear and function differently on different devices, models and browsers: please take a few moments to let the course fully load, and to learn where each feature is on your device, before assuming it is missing or not working. The course walk-through video tutorial at the bottom of this page can help you become familiar with your course.

If something isn’t working or displaying, try refreshing the page, or signing out and back in, so that the course can re-load. You can also try clearing your cache and re-starting your device. If you continue to have trouble locating certain elements of the course or getting them to work on your device, we ask that you try another device and/or browser to see if that works. You should also check your Internet connection and speed. These steps will help the webmaster (contact info below) zero in on the issue to provide you with the fastest and best support.

Why doesn't my audio playback bar show the time? Why can't I find the play button?
Because there are many different devices, models and browsers on the market, the particular elements of a course – including audio features like the playback bar – will load, appear and function differently depending on the device, model and browser you are using. For example, the way a course and the audio playback bar appears or functions on a late-model android using Chrome may differ from the way it appears or functions on an older laptop using Internet Explorer. Also, remember that these are streaming courses, so they may take a few moments to fully load on your device, depending on your Internet connection.

If you’re having problems like this (i.e. playback bar not showing time, can’t find play button), please try refreshing the page, clearing your cache and/or re-starting your device…that’s a magic move that often helps. If you continue to have trouble locating certain elements of the course or getting them to work on your device, we ask that you try another device and/or browser to see if that works. This will help the webmaster (contact info below) zero in on the issue.

The audio and/or video won't load / play smoothly. What's wrong?
Because your course is a streaming program, problems with audio or video playback are almost always due to the Internet connection you are using. It’s no different than using Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, etc. – if your Internet connection isn’t working properly, you’re going to experience problems. Checking your connection and/or refreshing the page should help. It may take a moment for the audio to load, especially if you are moving the playback bar back or forward. If you experience frequent problems with playback, try a different device or contact your service provider to see whether there is an issue.
I want to re-listen / fast-forward to a particular topic. Can I do that?
Yes, you can adjust the audio playback bar back and forth by dragging it. If you wish to locate or re-listen to a particular topic in the audio content, please refer to the audio time markers which are usually located just under the audio playback bar. You can drag the playback bar to the approximate start-time of your preferred topic. Because these are streaming courses, time markers are approximate: we recommend that you drag the bar to a spot two or three minutes before the topic you want to listen to. It may take a moment or two for the audio to load/adjust, so please be patient. If you continue to have trouble with the playback bar, we ask that you try another device to see if that works. We will need to know whether the issue is with your device or our platform, and you can help us zero in on that.
My course says that it is complete / certain parts are complete. Can I listen to it / them again?
Absolutely. You have access to all parts of your course for the term of your enrollment, and can listen to the audio as many times as you wish. In fact, I want you to re-visit your course and review! If you see that your course or a part of your course is marked as complete, simply ignore it – being marked as complete has no bearing on your ability to access your course. Sign-in to your account as usual, open your course and then click on the part you want to review in the drop-down menu.
I can't access the page at programs.debramacleod.com - could the website be down?
The most common reason for the website being unavailable is regularly scheduled maintenance: this is necessary on occasion to improve the performance and security of the site. It is more unlikely, but always possible, that services may be interrupted by server issues and other technical matters that are beyond our control – that’s the frustrating side of the Internet. Although our servers and third-party sites are the most reputable and reliable ones available, it happens. If it’s happening to you, please accept our apologies and know that our excellent partners are working hard to restore service to you and to the millions of other people who are swearing at their screens! Our services are monitored and we are doing the best we can for you.
TROUBLESHOOTING CHECKLIST
    • Double-check that you are signing-in with your correct email address (i.e. the one you used to enroll in your course)
    • Spend a few moments learning how the course loads, appears and functions on your particular device and screen (i.e. find the menu button, drop-down bars, Parts 1, 2, and 3, etc.). You may wish to watch the video walk-through tutorial, below
    • Refresh the page
    • Give the page or feature (i.e. the audio playback bar) time to fully load
    • Clear your cache
    • Sign-out of your account and course, and then sign-in again
    • Re-start your device
    • Try a different device
    • Try a different browser (FYI we usually recommend Chrome)
    • Check your Internet connection
    • Contact your Internet service provider regarding possible Internet connection issues
    • If the issue stems from a server problem or third-party site, please give it some time and check back…in such cases, millions of users are affected and the powers-that-be are working furiously to restore service
CONTACT THE WEBMASTER FOR PERSONALIZED HELP

Email webmaster@debramacleod.com for personalized help. Please provide as much of the below info as you can. The more info you can provide, the faster he can help and the fewer “back and forth” emails will be required.

  • your full name and the email address you used to enroll in your course (so we can identify you)
  • what troubleshooting steps, above, you’ve already tried (so we can quickly isolate the problem)
  • what specific course you’re having problems with
  • what device and browser you are using
  • whether you had the same problem on other devices or browsers (again, so we can isolate the problem)
  • it is also helpful if you can send a screenshot of what you’re seeing

When will you hear back from the webmaster?  Sometimes he replies within the hour, other times it may take up to 24 hours for him to investigate and come up with a solution. You can be confident, however, that he regularly monitors our services and incoming email, and that he is working as quickly as possible to assist you. We know you’re frustrated and we really do want to help!

A Video Walk-Through for Course-Takers (Skip to 5:45 for  Mobile Walk-Through)