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Welcome! Our goal is to promote innovative and thoughtful use of everyday and educational technology into your teaching, research, and life. Below is an overview of technology resources and services available at Lewis & Clark. If you want or need need more information, we’re here to help!

Instructional Support & Services

Learning Management System

Moodle is our current Learning Management System our default recommendation for class web pages. We automatically create a Moodle page for every curricular class so it is ready for you to use. 

Academic Software

Information Technology has a limited number of applications available to faculty under a campus-wide site license. This includes general productivity software as well as academic software that may be of particular interest to faculty and students. We also work with individual departments and faculty to install free and licensed software in our classrooms and computer labs by request. The financial responsibility for purchasing and upgrading licensed academic software is the responsibility of the academic departments and/or faculty requesting the software.

Equipment Checkout

A wide variety of equipment can be checked out for free from the IT Service Desk. If you need to borrow equipment for an entire semester, Educational Technology and Academic Operations may be able to arrange for a semester long loan.

Guest Access

Faculty and staff can sponsor guest accounts for individuals involved in academic or administrative endeavors at the College. Sponsors of guest accounts are considered responsible for the actions of their guests. Guest account request forms are available from the IT Service Desk. Visitors and guests can create a temporary login for general Internet access using the LC Wireless network themselves. Guest logins cannot be used to access protected network services such as Webadvisor.

Resource Lab & Media Creation

State of the art equipment to support creative projects is available in the Resource Lab. The Lab also offers reasonably priced 3D and poster printing. Dedicated editing suites are available as is a TV Studio for more involved projects. If you want to learn more about the Resource Lab, or would like to make an appointment to use one of the computers, please contact the IT Service Desk (x7225).

Technology Enhanced Classrooms and Computer Labs

Most classrooms are considered Technology Enhanced Classrooms. These rooms have various combinations of equipment hooked up to projectors and sound systems (computers, VCRs, DVD players). Specialized equipment such as wireless projection or webcams for videoconferencing can be arranged by request. To learn more about a particular classroom, view the classroom technology matrix. Contact the IT Service Desk with questions or to arrange a tour. There are also a number of computer labs available on campus some of which can be reserved for classes. 

Web Pages

At Lewis & Clark there are several ways to create web pages and each has pros and cons. There is no “best” way and we encourage you to select the one that will accomplish your goals and are happy to work with you to determine what path to take. In most cases, we recommend Moodle for class web sites as it has built-in security, automatic student enrollment sync and robust class management tools. For professional pages, we usually recommend faculty use Faculty Profiles which are part of the Lewis & Clark web site and managed using LiveWhale. Occasionally you might need a web page that won’t work in either Moodle or LiveWhale, in which case you may want to explore using Google Sites, Google Classroom, Blogger, or non-IT hosted solutions provided by ds.lclark.edu or Digital Initiatives with your liaison.

Computing Environment

Your office computer

The annual computer replacement process is the primary way faculty obtain new computer equipment. There are some limitations on what can be requested through this process. For example, the college will usually only provide one office computer per person. Information Technology makes recommendations and establishes standard system recommendations, but final budget decisions are made by the respective Deans. Currently, desktop computers older than five years and laptops older than four years are recommended for replacement as IT can no longer reliably support equipment that falls below this threshold. New computers normally are purchased and installed during the summer break. 

Low cost items, such as external hard drives, flash memory drives (aka key or thumb drives), scanners, tablets, and other peripherals, should be purchased with departmental, grant, or start-up funds.

Recycled Computers

These computers are not intended to be any employee’s (faculty or staff) primary workstation. These computers have been in service for 3-5 years but seem to function well. Many fall below the standard that IT can support which means that if they physically break, we may not be able to repair them. We don’t want anyone relying on these computers 100%, but they can be useful as a workstation for student employees, to share in a common space, or for use in a lab, etc. What we have available depends completely on which computers have been replaced recently so we can’t guarantee availability. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Purchasing Hardware and Software

All institutionally owned computer equipment is subject to the Information Technology Support Policy and must meet IT’s basic support standards. Please consult with Information Technology prior to purchasing equipment with college, grant, or personal funds that you expect to connect to the campus network or expect Information Technology to support. Otherwise, we may not be able to support you in connecting to network and other IT services. Ultimately, you are the best judge of what specific equipment you need to further your academic research and instruction while at Lewis & Clark College, and we are here to help make sure the equipment you need works with other systems on campus. 

Network Storage

Access to unlimited Google Drive cloud storage is provided as part of your Lewis & Clark account. You can sync files to Google Drive from your office computer when you download and install the Google Drive App. One potential downside of Google Drive or any cloud service is that IT cannot guarantee availability in case of a service outage or restore accidentally deleted files. If you use Google Drive, we encourage you to make routine backups to another location as well. For sensitive documents and for administrative departments, we recommend use of the college managed file server, LCFILES. LCFILES can be used for common storage of curricular projects and academic research, but keep in mind that it’s only accessible from computers on the campus network and you are limited to 25GB of storage space. If you want space on the server for yourself, a class or a project contact the IT Service Desk.  

Backups

Individual staff and faculty are responsible for making and keeping backups of files saved on mobile devices, desktop and laptop computers and Google Drive. We have tips on developing a comprehensive strategy and can assist in developing a solution that meets your needs.

Security

The security of the L&C Network, your personal identity, and the privacy of your and your students’ personal data is reliant on your security awareness. While we operate a secure wireless network and have robust firewalls and spam filters in place, you play a key role in keeping our network and data secure. As part of this effort, we require faculty and staff passwords to be changed every 180 days. You will receive a reminder email indicating that it is time to change your password prior to the 180 day expiration. For more information, visit the Information Security section of the IT website.