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Institutional Snapshot
Western Illinois University - Fall 2009 & Fall 2010

 

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This institutional snapshot provides a brief overview of Western Illinois University.

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Availability of Instructional Resources and Information Technology

Account of Technological Resources Dedicated to Supporting Student Learning (library sites, residence hall hook-ups, Internet Cafes, etc.) and How Usage is Monitored

More than 1,600 Macintosh and Windows-compatible microcomputers are dedicated for student use in 101 computing laboratories and 154 electronic classrooms on the two campuses of Western Illinois University. These computers provide access to numerous software packages, the Internet, e-mail, campus information systems, and other resources. In each of these areas, students also have access to scanners, laser printers, DVD readers/writers, and the Storage Area Network (accessible data storage).

University Technology (uTech) and Quad Cities Technology administer Western Illinois University’s comprehensive data, video, and voice networks. All instructional, administrative, and residential buildings on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses are equipped with wired and wireless networks.

Major computer labs are staffed by trained student personnel and are available for use in Stipes, Horrabin, and Morgan Halls and on the Quad Cities 60th Street and Caxton buildings. Residence hall students in Macomb may use student-staffed labs in each hall complex, including two 24-hour labs, while late-night access is available for off-campus students in the Lincoln-Washington-Grote Hall complex. A LabStats client reports use to the LabStats server. Utilization reports are prepared by uTech staff.

Internet access is available in all residence hall rooms including graduate and family housing. When Internet access was provided to the WIU-Macomb residence halls six years ago, bandwidth available was 24 Mbps, growing to 115 Mbps by 2008, and now at 165Mbps. To further enhance the student experience, University Housing and Dining Services and University Technology are currently deploying a complete wireless environment in all residence halls and dining centers. Wireless coverage is currently available in all common areas of these facilities.

Each student is provided a Western Illinois University e-mail account, space to create a personal home page, network attached data storage, and access to mainframe services. The University Technology Information Center in Stipes Hall 126 provides computing documentation, disk file recovery, one-on-one assistance, and general information, which can also be found on electronically using Western’s web-based Knowledge Base, www.wiu.edu/kb.

Personal computer and software products are discounted and available for students, faculty, and staff for demonstration and purchase through the uTech Computer Store located on the web at www.wiu.edu/university_technology and in the University Union Commons.

The University’s system of libraries contains more than 1 million cataloged volumes, 1,000 current periodicals, 24 foreign and domestic newspapers, and access to more than 56,000 online periodicals, as well as access to computer resources worldwide. IShare Online, a computerized catalog and circulation system, provides immediate access to collections of Western Illinois University and 56 other academic libraries throughout the state. Many of Western’s library services, such as access to online databases, searchable catalogs, interlibrary loan, and research assistance are available through the University Libraries website at www.wiu.edu/library.

In addition to the main library, there are three branch libraries on the Macomb campus: the Music Library, the Physical Sciences Library, and the Curriculum Library. The WIU-Quad Cities Library provides library services to students and faculty in Moline.

Western is also piloting the required use of mobile devices in Communications and Nursing. The University also supports technology-enhanced learning via its on-line courses and on-line degree programs.

Authentication to university servers documents frequency and use.