Western provides outstanding support for student technology – computer labs full of PCs and Macs, laptops and video production equipment that can be checked out, wireless access across campus, a Help Desk and a Student Technology Center to provide training and support, high-end multimedia classrooms, student email and file storage, and a wide range of other services and tools.
A wide variety of equipment is available on campus for student checkout. There are over 200 laptop computers available at a variety of locations across campus. The Classroom Services loan desk has over 73 digital video cameras and 21 digital still cameras plus auxiliary tripods, microphones and lighting kits. They also check out a wide assortment of other audio/visual gear including: digital audio recorders, projectors & screens, classroom response clickers, as well as microphones and P/A equipment.
Over 2,100 lab computers are available for student use on campus including approximately 1,600 PCs, 320 Macintosh and 185 laptops. About 2/3 of these computers are located in specialized departmental labs. The others are in general use labs open 24 hours per day and equipped with a wide variety of academic software for composition, presentations, web development, data analysis, graphics, and video production. Scanning and printing are also available in most labs.
Software is updated regularly and includes the latest releases of Microsoft Office, Adobe Design Premium, Apple Final Cut Pro, IBM SPSS Statistics, ESRI GIS Desktop, A.D.A.M. Interactive Anatomy, and Cambridgesoft ChemDraw.
Printing is available for a modest fee in all the labs. Cost-effective B&W, color, and large-format color are all available.
88% of all general classrooms on campus are technology equipped. They include: podium, computer, projector, document camera, media control panel, DVD player, laptop computer connection, audio amplifier & speakers as well as wireless microphone and voice reinforcement in the larger spaces. They also support classroom response clickers and audio recording of presentations. Faculty make extensive use of this equipment in their teaching. There are also four collaborative classrooms on campus which, in addition to the equipment listed above have movable furniture and multiple interactive smart boards for use by student teams.
Online Learning via Blackboard
Most faculty make course materials available online through our Blackboard Learning Management System. Access online materials including class discussions, assignments and exams by signing into myWestern.
Video Production Support
Support for the academic use of video technologies is available in many venues across campus. Cameras and other production equipment can be checked-out at the Loan Desk for ATUS Classroom Services. A number of Macintosh computer labs across campus provide support for iMovie and Final Cut. And for your editing requirements, Audio/Video rooms on the second floor of Haggard Hall can be reserved online. Finally, look for workshops on video topics or connect with student peers at the Student Technology Center.
Student Technology Center
Western students can drop-in at the Tech Center to ask for help on software applications and other advanced technologies. The Center offers scanning, color and poster printing, video production, editing and conversion tools as well as online tutorials and manuals. Sign-up for one of our regularly offered workshops or meet with a peer software tutor to advance your knowledge. The Center is located on the second floor of Haggard Hall.
Personal Web Site
Each student is provided space on our web servers to create a personal web site. Professional software tools such as Adobe Design Premium, including Photoshop, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver, are available in the computer labs to help you create your website. The Student Technology Center teaches web design classes to help you if you're not sure how to start or wish to advance your skills.
The university’s wireless network offers excellent coverage throughout campus, including outside areas near the Viking Union and Red Square on north campus through Haskell Plaza and the Student Rec Center on south campus. Many buildings have strong signals also, and more coverage areas are being continually added. Additionally, students can enjoy this widespread wireless network coverage by checking out laptops (free) for two hour periods from the library, Viking Union, Student Rec Center, or the Help Desk in Academic West.
Student Email and Online Storage
Each registered student receives a myWestern computer account, which includes a student Web-based e-mail (hosted by Microsoft Live account) with 10GB of space. In addition to providing their student email account, it also provides access to Microsoft Web Apps and 25GB of online storage on their Microsoft-hosted SkyDrive. An additional 500MB of network storage is provided by the university.
Technology Help Desk
The Help Desk provides telephone and e-mail assistance accessing all university computer resources and systems including myWestern, Blackboard, computer labs, and the wireless network. They can help with activating your account, resetting your password, or resolving any of your computer account issues. The Help Desk also offers information on campus technology resources including computer labs, email, maintaining your computer, and preventing viruses and spyware.
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Our student portal, called myWestern, provides you with campus messages, access to Blackboard Courses, Student Government voting, and information.