Using every and all forms of technology is completely acceptable and recommended in grad school. Indiana University makes it easy for people like me to understand new email interfaces, citation management softwares, setting up wireless printing, and more.
- University Information Technology Services – the technological support and services for the entire university. I have taken classes on Excel and HTML for my graduate assistantships to help me learn new skills and brush up on others. There are various workshops and trainings you can sign up for through the university.
- After I purchased my
pride and joy, bane of my existence, laptop I had to download some appropriate software such as Office for MAC, Adobe, and the wonderful Endnote. These software programs and many more are available through the university.
- Questions or issues with software, internet logins, pass phrases not working, or email servers giving you trouble…well the campus support center will answer questions by phone, email, in person, and by chat.
- There is even a place to purchase hardware on campus right in the Indiana Memorial Union and discounted items through IU Surplus.
What I have described here is only a small part of the tech services and support here on campus. I am still learning about new tips and tricks all the time.
IU really has one of the best research capabilities that you could ever have for a project that you would work on. The great thing about being part of a statewide university system is that you have access to all of the IU campuses just from your computer and requesting it online. Because of the numerous ways in which you might approach your research, IU has already subscribed to so many journals that if you ever wanted to see that study behind a newspaper article, for example, you could do that.
I am so glad that I took the time to ‘scout’ all the resources that IU Bloomington had to offer to me as a student during my first semester.
Even though it was such a small thing, Continue reading
There’s a running joke that graduate students only know where two buildings on campus are: the building where their classes are held, and the library. Bonus points for other amenities like student union, health center, and gym. As a graduate student at IU, you should add one more to your list: the University Information Technology Services (UITS) building. Continue reading
It was like a scene out of The Matrix…if Neo was close to running late to class and needing to find a printer. It was my turn to lead the class discussion and the rule of thumb was to print discussion questions so our classmates could take notes. Continue reading
The IU technology team has developed an iPhone app called “IU Mobile”, which is a very information-rich tool. They are currently working on the Blackberry version so more people can access this great app.
This app allows you to browse the campus maps, academic and cultural events around campus, check to see if there are empty seats in the many computer labs located throughout the campus, look up people’s contact information, and track the five campus bus routes in real-time, and so much more! Let me show you some examples.
If you have any questions you can’t find answers for, you can access the IU Knowledge Base through this app too. For instance, you are driving to Bloomington for an interview, you want to find out the parking situations for visitors, just type in parking into the Knowledge Base, and it returns exactly what you are looking for. This is also available at kb.iu.edu.
The app is also constantly being updated. For the upcoming Arts Week, it added an additional entry for this event, with detailed information that you can access at your finger tip.