CMU has many technology options to offer to students. Get connected to take advantage of the fast internet access available from your personal computer, one of the labs available on campus, or go mobile with cellular service options. With access to Centrallink or UDrive students are never far from important messages or files.
Whether students are learning in a traditional classroom setting, checking on their progress from home using Blackboard, or reviewing a professor's Chipcast lecture before an exam, CMU provides students with the technology they need to succeed. Should students need assistance taking advantage of all this great technology, CMU has students covered with technical support 7 days per week.
- Computer Labs
- Cellular Services
- Computer Purchasing
- Email and Cloud Storage
- Instructional Technology
All CMU classrooms are mediated and equipped with projectors, visualizers, VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray players, podium computers and are able to easily connect personal laptops for presentation purposes as well. Some rooms are also "Chipcast-enabled", meaning they are equipped for screen-capture and audio recording capability enabling instructors utilizing this technology to capture their lectures and provide them as podcasts to students through iTunes U. All of the multimedia options necessary to provide an excellent learning environment are available at CMU.
Via CMU a number of small computer labs in various campus buildings and residence halls as well as two large public labs available for general use (one located at the north end of campus and one located at the south end) these computer labs offer over 150 computers, including both Windows and Mac-based workstations, as well as scanners, high-capacity laser printers, and color printers. In addition the Park Library houses 300 computers available for general patron use, as well as an additional 60 computers available in two classrooms housed in the building. Printers and other specialized equipment helpful for conducting research and working on class projects are also available. Rooms are available and may be reserved for meetings or group projects.
Through the CONNECT Cellular Program, CMU students receive a 10-15% monthly discount on service through CMU cellular providers. As an added bonus, there are no service or activation fees. CONNECT Cellular Services offers discounts of 10% to 15% off standard pricing and no activation fees. CMU students can keep this discount after graduation. Students can make changes to their cellular plans without penalty and cell service charges are billed directly to the student’s CMU university account
Student looking to purchase a computer or printer before the start classes might be able to get the computer at a discounted price through the computer purchasing program. CMU has an agreement with four major manufactures to offer a 10-15% discount on their products for all CMU students. Contact the CMU Purchasing department for more information and links to the discounted storefronts. MicroChips is the CMU Bookstore's full line computer store. As an Apple Authorized Campus Store, it offers Apple computers and software at educationally discounted prices. MicroChips also offers a large selection of iPods and Video Gaming Consoles.
Email and Cloud Storage
Automatically provided to students enrolled in courses at CMU, CMail is a fully-featured email system. CMail can be easily accessed from the web, most IMAP-enabled email clients, or from mobile devices capable of receiving email, like an iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and other devices with minimal configuration. With 10 GB of storage (and growing!), CMail has enough capacity to store important messages and contacts plus it also has a built-in calendar, the capability to create on-the-fly documents, and additional “cloud” storage with the Briefcase feature, which allows for storage of important class files and documents. CMail allows students to “share” certain aspects of their account, like the calendar and even the Briefcase, with other students to promote a more collaborative environment for group work like class projects, presentations, and more.
All CMU students are automatically granted access to network ("cloud") storage space - UDrive. The UDrive is a 5 GB personal network space that can be utilized for the storage of any academic or business-related files, documents, or other data. CMU handles all the security and backup. It has all the benefits of a flash drive or other personal storage mechanism, only way more convenient. UDrives are accessible from most on-campus locations without any additional network configuration - basically, students log on to a computer in a lab, classroom, or other space on campus and have access to their UDrive! In addition, UDrives can be accessed from personal computer off-campus following some additional configuration through a virtual private network (VPN) connection.
CMU offers the online learning management system, Blackboard, to supplement and enrich the classroom experience. Available 24/7 and accessible anywhere students have a connection to the Internet, Blackboard allows students to stay in touch with their instructors and classmates. Blackboard provides quick access to course documents like the syllabus and assignments, online grading, blogs, wikis, group collaboration tools, and online exams. Wimba, a Blackboard feature, provides a virtual classroom for instructors and students to meet online, with capabilities for text, voice, and video chat, screen-sharing, and session recording for later review. Classroom response systems using "clickers" allow students to interact with faculty and fellow students, offer real-time feedback and demographic info, drive discussion, take quizzes, survey groups, vote and more. Chipcast, a cross-platform recording, encoding, and publishing solution, allows instructors at CMU to capture their course content and deliver it to students through iTunes U. As long as students have a device capable of accessing iTunes and Blackboard, students can watch lecture content provided by instructors.