Campus Technology

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Western provides outstanding support for student technology. At Western you will find numerous computer labs (both PCs and Macs), laptops and video production equipment for check-out, wireless access across campus, a Help Desk and a Student Technology Center to provide training and support, a Digital Media Center for high-end video production, fully mediated classrooms, student email and file storage, and a wide range of other services and tools.

Equipment Loan

A wide variety of equipment is available on campus for student checkout.  There are hundreds of laptop computers available at a variety of locations across campus.  The Classroom Services loan desk has digital still cameras, video cameras and 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 Public Address equipment.

Computer Labs

Over 2,000 lab computers are available for student use on campus including approximately with about 2/3 of these computers located in specialized departmental labs.

Software includes the latest releases of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, IBM SPSS Statistics, ESRI GIS Desktop, Apple Final Cut Pro, as well as a variety of other software titles.


Printing is available for a modest fee in all the labs. Cost-effective B&W, color, and large-format color are all available.

Student Portal

Our student portal, called myWestern, provides you with campus messages, access to Canvas Courses, Student Government voting, and information.

Microsoft Software

Funded through the Student Technology Fee, all students can download fully-licensed versions of the latest Microsoft Windows and Office applications. The software can be installed on personally-owned computers and kept after graduation.

Online Learning via Canvas

Most faculty make course materials available online through our Canvas 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. The Digital Media Center is a multi-camera production facility available to classes and students. Cameras and other production equipment can be checked-out at the Loan Desk for ATUS Classroom Services.,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, 3D 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.

Web Sites

Our WordPress for Western environment allows students to develop their own websites using the common WordPress content management system. Create your own personal website, a blog, or online portfolio. Choose from hundreds of available themes.

Wireless Access

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 from the library, Viking Union, Student Rec Center, or the Help Desk in Academic West.

Student Email, Storage, and Online Apps

Each registered student receives a myWestern computer account, which includes a student Web-based e-mail through Office 365. Your account includes 1 TB of data on OneDrive as well as access to Office Apps online.

Technology Help Desk

The Help Desk provides telephone and e-mail assistance accessing all university computer resources and systems including myWestern, Canvas, 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.

Residence Halls

ResTek is a program of University Residences, providing Internet service and tech support to students living on campus. Residence Halls offer wireless and wired connections as well as computer labs with laser printers. All residence halls also offer basic cable television.

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