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Technology Services and Resources

Samford University provides a wealth of computing resources to its community. Highlights of these resources include:          

Technology Assistance

Technology assistance is available from the Service Desk, located in Brooks Hall 329.  You can reach the Service Desk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (205) 726-2662.  You may also send a request to support@samford.edu.  For hands-on assistance, Service Desk technicians are available Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The general-access computing labs are staffed by student laboratory assistants who can help with the use of the resources located in the labs.  Computing resources and assistance are free of charge to Samford University students.

 Campus Portal Services

All members of the Samford community have access to a variety of computing resources. A Campus Portal via the Web is the entry point from which all members of the campus community can tap into academic resources, administrative services, community information, e-mail, and the Internet—all online, from anywhere. Some of the administrative resources available to Samford students are grades, class schedules, and account information. Upon admission to Samford University, students may go to the Samford home page and log in to the Campus Portal using the user name and password provided by Technology Services through https://pwchange.samford.edu/newuser.

 Technology Laboratories

Four general-access computer laboratories are available to every student, except during times when one or more of the labs is scheduled for classes. Several academic departments or schools also have computing labs that support their specialized needs. The general-access laboratories offer a substantial suite of software to assist with word processing, page layout, presentation preparation, and statistical analysis. Each computer in the general-access computing labs is connected to the campus network, which is connected to the Internet. This gives every Samford student access to the World Wide Web and other networked resources. For more information about laboratory resources, hours, and availability, see http://www2.samford.edu/labs/.

 Network Access

Samford University offers wireless network access across the campus, including resident halls and outdoor spaces. This service provides students the convenience and flexibility of using portable devices.  Nonresident students may access campus computing resources through an Internet service provider. For further information regarding network connections, contact the Service Desk at (205) 726-2662, send an email to support@samford.edu, or consult the Technology Services website at www.samford.edu/wireless.   

 Library Resources

The online catalog for the Samford library and several other library-related resources are available through the campus network. Samford is an active participant in the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries and other consortia that enhance the resources available to the Samford community. For more information about library resources, see http://library.samford.edu.

 Policies

Please refer to Computing and Information Technology Values and Policies under Student Rights and Responsibilities for specific policies governing computer use. 

 Microsoft Office for Students

Through the Microsoft Student Advantage program, students may receive Microsoft Office at no charge. Samford students are able to download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus desktop suite. Included is a digital download of Office 365 ProPlus to install on PC or Mac for up to 5 devices. Also included is Office Mobile access for iOS and Android devices. You may create and store Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and Publisher files locally on your computer/device. You may connect your Bulldog email account to the Outlook desktop client, opening more features to use with your email and calendars.

To sign up and download a free copy of Microsoft Office ProPlus, visit the Technology Services Web site at http://www.samford.edu/ts, or contact the Service Desk for assistance at (205) 726-2662, or at support@samford.edu.

 Moodle 

Moodle is the Web-based learning management system used at Samford University to enhance class communication, organization, and presentation by providing customizable, website templates for courses offered. It is designed to provide tools for building online resources for use with face-to face-instruction, hybrid classes, or to support classes offered completely online. The degree to which the system is used in each course varies.

 Moodle course sites enable faculty to:

  • Upload and share materials such as a course syllabus, lecture notes, reading assignments, and articles for students to access at their convenience.
  • Create forums and chats to encourage discussion and exploration of course topics, projects, and more.
  • Develop quizzes and exams.
  • Gather and review assignments.
  • Record grades, which allows students to stay up-to-date about their performance in each course and allows faculty to easily manage grades.

You may access Moodle at http://moodle.samford.edu. For additional information regarding Moodle, contact the Technology Services Service Desk at (205) 726-2662 or at support@samford.edu.

 

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