Student Computer Labs – Changes Coming Soon!!!

The Active Directory conversion is on schedule and should be completed by start of Fall 2013 classes.    What changes can you expect within the student computer labs?

Q:  What operating system and software will be on the computers?

A:  All lab computers will have Windows 7, Office 2010, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browsers.  Specific software needs for your class will also be available if compatible with Windows 7.

Q:  How will I know if my software is compatible with Windows7?

A:  Check out the Compatibility list in this blog or visit Microsoft’s Windows 7 Compatibility Center website  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx

Q: Will students have to login to the computer?

A:  Yes, both students and employees will use their myCFCC account to login.  There are instructions at the login screen about the ‘passwordhelp’ account if you forget your username or password.

Q:  What if I invite a guest speaker?  How can I help them get logged into CFCC owned computers or wireless?  What if they bring their own laptop?

A:  Fill out the Room Request Form found on the intranet.   The room schedulers have the ability to reserve the room for your guest as well as provide temporary login accounts.  These accounts will grant access to the classroom computers as well as SurfCFCC wireless internet (WiFi), depending on your needs.

Q:  Will my current class’ network shared drive still be available?

A:  No.  The preferred method to share files with your class is make use of your already existing BlackBoard class.  Every Curriculum class automatically gets a BlackBoard class with your students already populated.  Using BlackBoard will allow the students to work on assignments from any computer with internet access.   For more information and assistance with BlackBoard, please visit our Instructional Technologists in the Library.

Q:   When will my lab get converted?

A:  Currently only four computer labs have been converted to Active Directory NB233, NB106, A316 and S501.  IT will convert up to 27 labs prior to the start of Spring 2013.  The rest of the labs will be converted during Summer 2013.  All labs will be converted prior to Fall 2013 Classes.