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 IT resources available to support the academic programs. In all courses, faculty and students use technology in many ways, and the College’s official means of communication is electronic.
Computer resources are available for student use in labs and public areas throughout campus. Specialized computing facilities dedicated to particular departments are located in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics and statistics, music, physics, and psychology areas, as well as in the Language Resource Center. Advanced systems are available in the Schupf Scientific Computing Lab, the Quantitative Analysis Lab, and the GIS 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 (email, calendar, file storage, etc.), and high performance local file storage for use in courses. It is expected that students will check their Colby Apps email 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 40-gigabit core and a gigabit Ethernet backbone. Each residence hall room has wired Ethernet access. Wireless network access (802.11a-b-g-n-ac) is available throughout all buildings on campus. The College has high-bandwidth Internet access (2.5 Gbps over multiple fiberoptic links).
Colby has a Microsoft Campus Agreement that provides each student access to Microsoft Office.
Assistance may be obtained from student consultants at Student Computer Services and from the Information Technology Services staff. Drop-in and extensive online instructional resources are available to learn how to use the wide assortment of computer and network systems and applications. The ITS website provides 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.