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Information technology resources, including computers and network resources, are tools for scholars in all disciplines, used by faculty members and students. The College is committed to making appropriate computing resources available to support the academic program. In all courses, faculty and students use computers in some way, and the College’s official means of communication is electronic.
Personal computers are available for student use in computer labs and public areas throughout campus. Specialized computing facilities dedicated to particular departments are located in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, music, physics, and psychology, as well as in the Language Resource Center. Advanced systems are available in the Schupf Scientific Computing Lab. Macintosh and Windows notebook computers are available for four-hour loan in the libraries.
A Colby account is set up for each student, providing access to Web resources, Colby Apps powered by Google (e-mail,calendar, etc.), central file storage, and storage of personal Web pages linked to the campus Web server. It is expected that students will check their Colby Apps e-mail accounts regularly. A variety of announcement and discussion lists are provided. The MyColby portal system (my.colby.edu) provides a customized set of resources, especially in support of administrative processes. A course management system (Moodle) is available for faculty and student use, and the Confluence wiki and Wordpress Web publishing system are available for collaborative projects of all sorts.
Colby’s data communications network is built around a 10-gigabit core and a gigabit Ethernet backbone. All residence halls have wired Ethernet access to the network. Wireless network access (802.11abgn) is available throughout all buildings. The College has high-bandwidth Internet access (300 Mbps over multiple fiber optic links).
Colby has a Microsoft Campus Agreement that provides for each student a license to Microsoft Office and a variety of other software, including all upgrades.
Assistance may be obtained from student consultants at Student Computer Services and from the Information Technology Services staff. Drop-in and online instructional resources are available to introduce the computer and network systems and various applications. The ITS website provide extensive information online.
All classrooms have data/video/audio presentation systems installed. Satellite downlink and commercial cable TV provide programming on the campus cable TV system.
The Information Technology Committee, made up of faculty, staff, and students, approves IT policies and advises ITS and the president. All meetings are open, and those interested in information technology issues are encouraged to participate in discussions.