The College maintains a reliable and high performing technology environment that is flexible and supportive of the goals of academic and administrative departments and for student academic research functions.
Many faculty members use computing extensively in teaching and research activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Most classrooms have been equipped with the latest technology and media devices to enhance the learning experience. Students are exposed to and trained in the use of computers beginning with the First Year Seminar and continuing with discipline-specific applications in other courses. Software applications specific to academic functions are available through the campus network and Internet. Applications include software development tools for computer science, geographical information software for the sciences, mathematical/measurement for physics, music and digital movie production for communication arts, statistical analysis for social sciences, instructional tools for the Education Department, and many others.
The campus-wide network connects all buildings with both wireless and wired service. All residence hall rooms include a wired network port as well as full wireless coverage.
Computers are provided in labs for student use in academic buildings, residence halls, and the Wright Campus Center, with many providing access 24/7. These labs also provide the ability to print and many include specialty software used by the different academic disciplines.
Academic Computer Labs and Training Rooms
- Abell Extended Studies (24-hour access)
- Abell 116 (open student access evenings and weekends)
- Abell 208 Instructional Classroom
Forster Art Complex
- Forster Multimedia Lab #111
- Morris Conference Suite and Laptop Lab
- Computer Lab #120
- Computer Lab #136
- Physics Lab #159
- Physics Lab #162
- Advanced Electronics Lab
Jackson Technology Center
- Technology Center 1st Floor
Jordan Family Language House
- Jordan Lab #103
Temple Learning Center
- Temple Educational Lab
Wright Campus Center
- Kangaroo Computer Lab (24-hour access)
- Hallway Computer Stations
All students are provided with network credentials (username and password) to access student systems and services, and the wireless network. The services provided to each student include an email account, a student portal that brings together many useful services, online space to store documents, the learning management system, WebHopper (to register, access grades, etc.) and a variety of other systems and services. The same unique username and password will be used to access all systems throughout the student's time at Austin College. Personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and gaming devices are all supported on the campus wired and wireless network but must be registered in order to gain access to the network. Wireless printing is also available from personal computers to student lab printers. Personal wireless printers are prohibited.
Support for all technology questions or issues comes from the various IT groups: Administrative Computing, Infrastructure, Technology Support, and Web Services, all located in the east end of Jackson Technology Center, just west of Wright Campus Center. The center is also equipped with specialty hardware and instructional devices for individual or small group learning in a collaborative environment. The Jackson Technology Center is currently home to the Morris Foundation Product Lab. The campus Help Desk is located here, and can be contacted through email, a phone call, or a visit.