Information Technology (IT) provides computing facilities, networking access (wired and wifi all across campus), a student portal (MarywoodYou), a Marywood-branded Google Apps account (email, calendar, sites, drive), and related services in support of Marywood University’s commitment to providing high-quality, usable technology for its students, faculty, and staff. This commitment includes access to the Internet and World Wide Web, as well as dozens of academic software packages in multiple computer labs and drop-in facilities in various areas around campus. There is at least one lab in almost every classroom building with a 24-hour student lab located in Loughran Hall. Labs are regularly upgraded to provide the latest in computing technology. Most labs are also equipped with a PC that includes assistive technology software.
There are several drop-in computer areas in the Learning Commons alone. Computer access is available to students at all times when the Learning Commons is open: 90+ hours per week, with extended hours during and prior to the week of final exams each semester. Computer lab software includes, but is not limited to:
- Microsoft Office (Windows version includes Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher)
- Web page development tools
- Specialized art, business, education, music, and science software
- The statistical package, SPSS.
Each lab is supported for printing needs by fee-based laser printers (some color printers are available) that provide high-quality printing for class assignments and résumés. Scanners are also offered for student use. All labs are networked via fiber optic cabling to both on-campus services and the internet. Electronic mail, web-browsing, online library catalogs and electronic databases, Moodle, and the MarywoodYou Portal are available to all regularly enrolled students.
In addition to providing the support that constitutes the technology infrastructure of Marywood University, IT staff also provide help in the form of:
- Trained students who staff all public labs during much of the time the labs are open, in order to readily provide any assistance. In order to answer questions and troubleshoot technology problems, assistance is also provided by calling, emailing, or visiting the Help Desk located in the Learning Commons.
- Computer software workshops are offered on a regular basis. Promotional emails outlining upcoming sessions are regularly sent to the Marywood community. All workshops are free to Marywood students, faculty, and staff.
- Documentation and videos prepared by IT staff provide simple step-by-step instructions on how to use various types of software. This documentation can be found on the web by selecting the Tech Help link on Marywood’s home page.