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IT Update – Returning Students

Michigan Tech IT is looking forward to the start of fall semester. It’s been a busy summer at Michigan Tech with some major changes and improvements to campus IT systems:

  • Based on feedback received, we are taking the following steps to improve wireless network access:
    • The “MichiganTechSecure” network is no longer available; it was causing disconnect issues with most users. Please make sure you’re connected to the network named “MichiganTech.”
    •  The old bandwidth cap on wireless has been removed.
    • Installation of the Bradford Agent software was previously required for wireless security. The Bradford System now uses a “dissolvable” client that does not require permanent installation on your machine. The old Bradford software can now be uninstalled; instructions are at:  http://www.it.mtu.edu/bradford-agent/.
    • Over the summer, Michigan Tech IT hired a consulting firm to evaluate wireless connectivity throughout campus. Based on their report and feedback from residence hall students, we are in the process of installing nearly 700 new access points in the residence halls, which results in roughly one access point in every other room. This project will not be completed before move-in weekend; it will be a continuous process until all access point are active. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we finish this important project to provide exceptional wireless coverage.
  • This summer the former MEEM “Fishbowl” was renovated into the new Active Learning Center. This is a “flipped” classroom that focuses on collaboration and doesn’t have the front of a traditional classroom. Like all computer classrooms, when this room is not scheduled for classes, it will be available to all students as a computer lab. Design information on this room can be found at: http://www.mtu.edu/alc. Watch renovation progress on a live webcam at: http://www.mtu.edu/webcams.
  • Have you previously downloaded software from Michigan Tech IT’s software download center?  If so, there may be updates available this fall.  Visit the software download center at: http://downloads.it.mtu.edu.
  • Finally, Michigan Tech IT is available to help you with any IT issues you experience as you begin the new year. Please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or (906) 487-1111. You can also follow the latest IT news on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/MichiganTechIT.

Michigan Tech IT Q&A

Where can I print?
Will I still have access to the software I used in the old computer labs?
How much does it cost for color printing?
What happens to the old computers from the labs that are migrating to the ILC?
Why are there few printers in my building?

We’re doing our best to address your questions and have compiled a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page for printing and lab migration issues. Check them out!

Lab Migration FAQ
Printing on Campus FAQ

Fall Changes to Campus Computing Labs

IT has finalized the plans for campus computer lab changes for this fall. These reflect the shift in lab seats to the Library as a part of the ILC project (www.it.mtu.edu/ilc), as well as the conversion of existing labs into wireless lounges and other academic spaces.

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Important Notes

The timeline for the changes is fairly firm but may be subject to minor changes. The ILC main deployment of roughly 250 computers and related furniture, equipment, networking, printing, etc., is currently scheduled to be usable around September 16, 2013. This will mark the beginning of the renovations and conversions of the existing lab spaces around campus.

The lab spaces, which are being converted into wireless lounge spaces, will be developed in a three-phase approach:

Phase 1

The first phase is to quickly produce a functional environment holding the key elements students need: seating, tables, power points, soft seating, wireless, etc. Some spaces, but not all, will have printers. Other spaces will have a small number of PCs with the campus software suite (lab image). These are designated for short-term usage and will be available for student-faculty consultation, printing, etc. The first phase will be completed as soon as practically possible; the target date is October 1, 2013.

Phase 2

The second phase will be the installation of collaborative technology, perhaps revising furniture changes, adding whiteboards, etc. This could include some LCD screens, projectors, etc. Additional soft seating from the ILC project will be installed. This is in response to the requests from students for areas where small groups can work; the areas where we have deployed these technologies have been very well received.

Phase 3

The final phase will be to evaluate usage and identify and prioritize which of these spaces should receive a more thorough renovation or technology improvements. Many will eventually need paint and plaster type work, carpeting, etc. We will have anecdotal and statistical data which can help inform these decisions, but we should have several areas identified for development by summer 2014. Of course, this will involve the greater academic and student community, the space committee, etc.

The map below shows the availability of wireless lounges across campus.

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Information and Learning Commons Development

The Michigan Tech Library is undergoing a major renovation this fall to create a more technologically advanced learning environment to meet the evolving needs of students.

The Information and Learning Commons Development is a cooperative effort of the Michigan Tech Library and Information Technology Initiative to enhance computing and Information Access Support for Michigan Tech Students.

This includes:

  • New, faster computing equipment – Dell Optiplex 9020 All-in-One desktops will be installed throughout the library.
  • A more open and collaboration-friendly environment – To better meet the evolving learning and computing needs of students, changes such as clusters optimized for collaboration and teamwork, more tools including whiteboards throughout, ergonomic computing desks and chairs (with AC/USB power points), shared collaboration screens, and digital signage will be installed throughout the upcoming school year.
  • Expanded Availability – Operating hours will be increased to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The migration of open lab seats to a common location in the Library – Current “open” computer labs will be repurposed and refurnished as wireless lounges and academic spaces. A list of affected labs can be found at the computer lab listing page.

The Michigan Tech Information and Learning Commons Development is a joint project of the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library and Information Technology Services and Security. For more information, please visit http://it.mtu.edu/ilc.