As employees of an educational institution, faculty and staff at Luther College enjoy a number of technology-related benefits. This page lists the types of benefits that college employees can utilize and provides links to further information.
Many computer hardware manufacturers and retailers offer academic pricing discounts. As employees of an educational institution, Luther College faculty and staff can take advantage of this discount to buy software for their personal computers at low prices. Some discount programs for specific hardware products are detailed below, but you can often find academic pricing deals just by inquiring of retailers or visiting academic-specific web sites such as http://www.academicsuperstore.com.
Luther faculty and staff are eligible for academic discounts on Apple hardware. The Luther Apple Store has been set up to provide academic pricing on Apple products to students, faculty, and staff. Discounted hardware includes MacBooks, iMacs, iPods, and iPhones. Visit the store to see all available products. There is often a Back to School special offer in place spring through fall.
Luther College is currently enrolled in the Dell University program. Faculty, staff, and students can get good academic pricing on Dell PCs, TVs, and printers at http://dell.luther.edu, or find more deals in the Dell Education Purchase Program and view the Dell promotional flyer.
Due to the constant threats of viruses and malware, all computers that access the Luther network must have an anti-virus software installed with up-to-date definitions. Sophos is installed by default on Luther-owned workstations.
Faculty, staff, and students are required to acquire and install an anti-virus for their personally-owned computers. For your convenience, we have provided a list of anti-virus recommendations at https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/antivirus/
Contact the LIS Technology Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 1000 with questions.
Just as with computer hardware, many software manufacturers and retailers offer academic pricing discounts. As employees of an educational institution, Luther College faculty and staff can take advantage of this discount to buy software for their personal computers at low prices. Some discount programs for specific software programs are detailed below, but you can often find academic pricing deals just by inquiring of retailers or visiting academic-specific web sites such as http://www.academicsuperstore.com.
- Home Use Program – Because Luther College is a part of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Microsoft Campus Agreement, Luther faculty and staff can participate in Microsoft’s Home Use Program. Through this program, employees can purchase and install one Microsoft Office suite on one personal home computer for just $9.95; the suite can be used for both personal and/or work tasks. Office suites available include Office Professional Plus 2013 for Windows or Office 2011 for Mac. Click on the link for more information or to order a Microsoft Office suite via the HUP program.
- Work at Home Program – The Microsoft Work At Home Program allows Luther employees to install Luther-licensed Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 for Windows or Microsoft Office 2011 for Macintosh on one home computer for use for work purposes only while employed at Luther. Budget director approval is requested prior to distribution of installation media, and a small fee for purchase of installation media and program administration will be charged to departmental accounts. For more information, including links to the full Program Description and Request and Acceptance Forms, go to http://lis.luther.edu/WAH.
- Academic Pricing – Academic pricing for Microsoft Office suites is available by searching for a reseller in your area using the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/education. You can also purchase online at academic pricing on some sites, such as through http://www.academicsuperstore.com
- Suites Available – As you are considering your purchase of Office 2007 for personal use on your home computer, keep in mind there are various suites offered – each with different products included and each with its own price tag. For more details on the suites, visit http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products.
- Save As PDF – In addition, you may want to export and save to the PDF format from Microsoft Office. The computers on campus will have this installed for you, but your home installation will not include it by default. To download and install this plug-in, click on Microsoft Save as PDF.
Just as with Microsoft Office, it is possible to buy an Academic Edition of Windows Vista at a discounted price if you are an employee of Luther College. Visit this site to find an Authorized Education Reseller that sells Windows Vista Academic Edition.
Beginning Fall 2009, Luther faculty, staff, and students can obtain the latest full version Adobe software at 80% off commercial retail pricing. Visit Adobe Student Licensing to view the prices and purchase software. At the time of purchase, you will be asked to verify you are a currently enrolled student or an active faculty/staff employee. You can also view and print the Adobe Creative Suite 5 flyer.
For other Adobe software, Luther faculty and staff are eligible to purchase products at academic prices, either directly from the Adobe Education Store or through an Adobe Authorized Education Reseller. Products available at discounted academic prices include Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Pagemaker, and Photoshop (complete list available).
Luther faculty and staff are also eligible for discounts on Apple software. The Luther Apple Store that is in place for buying computers also provides academic pricing on Apple software. Discounted software includes QuickTime, iLife, GarageBand, and Mac OS X. Visit the store and click on the Apple Software link on the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
Luther College employees have access to all services that Preus Library provides, including checking out books from the Main Stacks. Faculty and staff can check out books for an entire semester (with some exceptions; see the detailed policy). They can also check out laptops for 2 hour periods and media equipment for 24 hour periods. For longer-term borrowing of equipment, see the “Equipment Loan” section below. For a complete list of LIS services, visit http://lis.luther.edu/services. You can also see a complete list of services provided by the LIS Technology Help Desk in the Technology Service Catalog.
Luther College employees have access to all services that Preus Library provides, including InterLibrary Loan (ILL). ILL services are a way for you to checkout books, VHS tapes, microfilm, journal articles, and other library items from libraries other than Preus. You can even have electronic copies of journal articles emailed to you. For more information on ILL services, go to http://lis/services/ILL/, and to request an item via ILL, go to http://illiad.luther.edu/illiad/logon.html and log in using your Norse Key. This service is open to faculty and staff spouses as well, if they have obtained a Norse Key from the LIS Technology Help Desk.
Preus Library has access to over 50 electronic databases and indexes of journals and their articles. The library’s subscriptions include both general and subject-specific databases. Faculty and staff can access and search these databases when on the Luther network. A selection of general databases and relevant tutorials can be found at http://lis.luther.edu/research/howto/scholarly_article, while a list of all the databases and indexes the library subscribes to is available at http://lis.luther.edu/research/all/Databases.
Faculty and staff can borrow equipment from the LIS Technology Help Desk in Preus Library for short-term loans (typically two weeks or less). Equipment available for borrowing includes laptops, LCD projectors, public address sound systems, TVs and DVD players, and laser pointers; a complete list of items is available. You can request items online via the form at http://lis/services/eventsetup. For more information, visit http://lis/services/equiploan, or contact the Help Desk at email@example.com or extension 1000.
The LIS Technology Help Desk does full hardware repair on Luther-owned equipment for faculty and staff (usually laptops or desktops assigned during rollouts). Information is available on hardware repair, or just stop by the Help Desk in Preus Library. You can also contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 1000.
As LIS collects used equipment that is done serving its purpose at Luther, it is sold on an online auction. LIS sells used computer equipment each week until its supply is depleted. Bidding begins when an item is posted and ends when the designated time expires. The bidding may last from 3-7 days. Purchased items are paid for and picked up in Main 11 and a disclaimer is signed at that time. Personal checks and cash are accepted; credit cards are not. For more information, or to see a list of items up for sale this week, visit http://lisauction.luther.edu.
Atomic Learning is a provider of web-based software training videos and resources. They have tutorial videos for most of the common operating systems and software applications.
Citrix is a program that provides access to Windows-based software, network files, and network folders from both on and off campus. It can even be used by Macintosh or Linux users to run Windows software. Citrix has a wide variety of applications. For instance, faculty and staff can use Citrix to access programs such as Datatel from home. For more information on using Citrix, visit the Citrix Training page.
Luther’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a tool that allows use to access a network share (such as a T drive or your H drive) through an Internet browser. Instead of seeing just your “public_html” folder, you can see and access all of your files. Simply go to https://vpnweb.luther.edu and log in using your NorseKey. Anyone with a NorseKey, including faculty and staff, can use the VPN. For more information, see the VPN Training page.
Luther’s VPN Tunnel, or Virtual Private Network Tunnel, allows a remote Luther College owned computer to access the Luther College Network just as if it were directly connected to the Luther LAN. For more information, see the VPN Tunnel Training page.