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Department of English Computers
What equipment/software is available?
Thanks to a 2015-2016 Student Technology Fee Award, the Department of English was able to purchase twenty laptops (13" Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display) with access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud (including, among other programs, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and After Effects), as well as MS Office.
The Department also has media cart with a HP laptop (Windows 10, MS Office, Adobe Reader) and projector.
Who can use this equipment?
One or both of the laptop carts (each containing ten laptops) may be checked out for instructional purposes only through the English Department by those who meet the requirements for doing so and who agree to follow departmental policies governing their use.
The media cart may be checked out by any faculty member/lecturer/instructor for instructional purposes only through the Department of English.
Faculty, lecturers, and instructors in the Department of English who are teaching classes that require Adobe Creative Suite software will be given first priority to the laptop carts. Faculty, lecturers, and instructors in the Department of English, generally, are given next priority; however, these carts are available to all faculty, lecturers, and instructors with classes in Merrifield Hall. The carts may be checked out for each class period of the full semester or for the occasional class period, depending upon availability.
The general sign up for these carts will open two months prior to the start of the semester; but faculty/lecturers/instructors may request use of one or both computer carts or the media cart when making their course requests.
The computers require a UND username and password to login.
What are the requirements for laptop cart checkout?
- The laptop carts may only be checked out by faculty/lecturers/instructors who have completed the training session administered by the Department of English.
- The faculty member/lecturer/instructor must have a signed borrowing agreement on file in the Department of English.
- The faculty member/lecturer/instructor must have a confirmed reservation for the equipment.
- The laptops may only be used for instructional purposes (while we acknowledge that there is a need for students to have access to computers to complete their homework, there are other resources on campus that are designed to meet this need).
- The faculty member/lecturer/instructor that checks out the cart is responsible for monitoring the use and care of the equipment while it is checked out in his/her name as found on this page and as listed in the borrowing agreement.
- The laptops and carts must be checked out as a complete unit (i.e., they must be checked out by the full 10 laptop cart, not by an individual laptop).
- The laptops may only be used in classrooms with tables, not in classrooms with individual desks.
- The laptops and carts may not leave Merrifield Hall.
What happens if I don't follow these rules?
Noncompliance with any of these requirements may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges for a length of time to be determined by the Chair of the English Department in consultation with the English Department's Executive Committee.
Also, while we do understand that accidents happen, this equipment is sensitive, expensive, and--given current budgetary constraints--would be difficult to replace. Consequently, please be aware that faculty members, lecturers, or instructors may be asked to pay for any damages that occur to the equipment when the equipment is checked out in their name. These decisions will also be made by the Chair of the English Department in consultation with the English Department's Executive Committee.
As a side note, can I save my work (or can my students save their work) to these computers?
Sorry, but the answer is NO. Any student/faculty/lecturer/instructor work saved to these laptops will be deleted and will not be recoverable.
For more information about checking out the equipment, please contact the English Department Office staff at 701-777-3321 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about training sessions, please contact Dr. Sheila Liming, Coordinator of Instructional Technology.