UIS is Going Google!
UIS has joined Google Apps for Education in an effort to provide the campus with a streamlined way of taking advantage of the many apps available by Google. Working online and in collaboration with others has never been easier! Using your NetID and password, you can access Google Drive and Docs, Calendar, Sites, Talk, Groups, Reader, and more!
There are many reasons why Google Apps for Education is a great addition to the many resources provided to the UIS campus community. Innovation and collaboration top the list. Our students need to be prepared for the newest technology in the workplace, and Google is often at the forefront of emerging technologies. In addition, the ability to collaborate globally is a valued skillset in many disciplines.
For more information, please visit our Google Apps webpage.
Box.com: Now Available for Students
Box is an online file sharing and collaboration service that works on PCs, Macs, mobile and tablet devices and provides access to your files from any location. If you need to share files, not only can you collaborate with other people from UIS but you can securely share a file to others externally.
Box has been available to faculty and staff and is now available for students!
Other features include:
- Comment on files
- Real-time updates when files are viewed, updated or downloaded
- Single sign-on using your NetID and password
- Ability to set permissions on files and folders
- Version control for your files
- Setup simple workflows
- Desktop synchronization using Box Sync
Box can also be used on mobile devices - free apps are available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, TouchPad, and Playbook devices.
For more information on how to use Box, visit our Box webpage.
Microsoft Lync: A Communication and Collaboration Tool for UIS
Microsoft Lync is a communication tool that allows users to collaborate in real-time in a variety of ways, including instant message chat, audio and/or video chat, and desktop sharing.
Lync is also a great resource to use for communicating and collaborating in online courses. Students can download Lync Attendee (for free) and take advantage of the communication tools. Faculty may want to consider trying out Lync for online course meetings, student conferences, student group projects, and/or office hours.
For more information on how to download and install Lync, please visit our Microsoft Lync webpage. To talk more about how to use Lync with your online courses, please contact Kara McElwrath.
Student Printing Allowance
The ITS student printing program is well underway. This program allotted 250 black/white pages of printing per calendar year. A $25 credit is added to a student's Pharos printing account the first time his/her i-card is swiped at a Pharos print station.
The $25 credit can only be used for printing services and cannot be used for photocopies, meal money, or other expenses. The credit amount, which is displayed only at a Pharos station, is labeled 'UIS Student Printing Allowance'. The printing allowance will not show up on the i-card Campus Cash/Meal Plan or when an i-card balance is read on a Value Transfer Machine (VTM).
Black/white prints are $0.10 per page, and color prints are $0.25 per page. The printing allowance can also be used for color prints. The free printing program is exclusive to UIS students, and there is no cash back value for this service.
Access to UIS Software Off Campus
In an effort to improve ease of access of instructional software, users may take advantage of Citrix Virtual Desktop. This process allows users (whether on or off campus) to access a virtual computer that runs all software for which UIS has licensing. This is a great resource not only for online students but also for all students, faculty, and staff who need access to software when they are off campus.
Instructions for using Citrix Virtual Desktop are available.
UIS Information Technology Services supports the eduroam wireless network authentication system on the UIS campus wireless network. eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam allows students, researchers, and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions. Additional information is available on the eduroam project webpage.
UIS joined the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and other US educational institutions in the adoption of this international service. Faculty, staff, and students can move between UIS and the UIC and UIUC campuses or travel to other participating institutions the world over and be able to authenticate to the local wireless networks using their home campus credentials.
For help configuring eduroam access on your wireless device, please see our wireless network information page. A map of other US institutions participating in the eduroam project is also available.