Technology is integrated throughout the Simmons community—and curriculum. Tools and services include wireless Internet access, Web-enhanced coursework, and online services, from course registration to job recruiting. Every student has a Simmons email account, as well as space on the web and file servers, which can be accessed from anywhere. Moreover, Simmons holds its own on the high-tech frontier with projects such as the Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s international study on image retrieval and management.
Technology in the Classroom
Simmons has created an environment where every teaching space is potentially a technology-enabled space. Almost all classrooms have built-in equipment, including a projector, DVD/VHS player, and an instructor's computer which, in many cases, is cross-platform. Upon request, Media Services can deliver projectors, computers, cameras, assistive technology devices, and other equipment anywhere on campus. Five classrooms are outfitted with computers for every student, and several graduate schools and undergraduate departments operate their own computer labs for special work related to their disciplines. In addition, most Simmons courses use our on-line course management system, which you can use to download assignments and presentations, upload coursework, take quizzes or participate in discussions.
The Information Commons
Simmons has created an "Information Commons" within its brand new, state-of-the-art Library building, where students have convenient access to computers, study spaces, and the resources and staff expertise needed to be academically successful. The Library and Technology jointly provide students with these services, accessible at the following locations:
- The Library Access Services Desk circulates books and reserve materials;
- The Library Reference Desk provides research assistance and help in finding and evaluating information; and,
- The Technology Desk provides technical assistance and help using the Library's hardware and software.
Highlights of the Information Commons include:
- Study rooms, each with a projector, audio system, and DVD/VHS player where students can work together in a multimedia-rich environment;
- iMacs with the full iLife suite to create multimedia projects;
- Equipment available for students to check out, including wireless laptops and headphones, for use in the Library.
About the Library
In addition to more than 200,000 print books and 1,700 journal subscriptions, the Library also provides access to nearly 20,000 journals, 15,000 books, and 120 databases online. Together these provide billions of pages of reliable, high quality, scholarly information to support your educational endeavors. Using the online catalog, you can check your circulation records, and renew your books or access an online course reading (e-reserve). Librarians are available to help you in person, over the phone or by email, or through online live chat. For more information, please visit the Library website.
Build Your Skills
Through the Pottruck Technology Resource Center current students can enroll, free of charge, in workshops on such topics as:
- Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
- Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Flash
- Video Editing
- Operating Systems, i.e., Windows XP and Mac OS X
Sessions are offered regularly on campus in a modern, dedicated, cross-platform training lab. In addition, 24/7 web-based training is also available. The Library offers one-on-one research appointments and class sessions on how to use the library databases, evaluate the information you find, and find resources in specific subjects.
Beyond the Information Commons and workshops available in the Pottruck Technology Resource Center, students may:
- Borrow equipment including firewire drives, digital voice recorders, and digital still and video cameras from Media Services at no cost;
- Schedule production assistance in the Production Lab;
- Use the Express Web Stations to quickly check an assignment or other class detail located in common areas throughout Simmons;
- Attend a Self-Help Clinic for advice on personally-owned technology;
- Contact the Help Desk with questions on computing at Simmons;
- If they live on campus, use the dual platform computers located in labs on the Residence Campus.
The Help Desk is your technology support resource on campus. Student and faculty are also welcome to visit us in the Information Commons in the Library for technology assistance on Simmons standard applications. Visit Technology's website for more information.
Check out our podcasts on iTunes U for an introduction to technology at Simmons
Visit the MySimmons Portal to get a sense for the array of online services and information available to current students, faculty and staff
- High-speed, wireless Internet access on main campus
- E-learning (WebCT) with online course materials and chat rooms
- Multimedia support for all main campus teaching/ learning spaces
- 77 high-tech classrooms and event spaces
- 21 computer labs
- Online academic and administrative service allows students to register, view class schedules, and check grades
- Online recruiting and career information database
- 90% of all courses have online content
- Over 1,600 computers on campus, including 454 student-use computers
- 380 digital and video cameras available for use by faculty and students