As part of the Parkland and IT strategy, Campus Technologies has been diligently working on making technology more accessible to all current students and employees. As part of this effort, the College was able to introduce new programs and provide employees and registered students with free and/or reduce-priced computer software and equipment. These programs consist of:
1 – Microsoft Office Suite: Rather than buying the Microsoft Office Suite, which is a very important tool for teaching and learning, every student and employee will now have access to five copies, free of charge, of Microsoft Office and Office 365 Online for use on personal devices (both Windows and Mac). Access to Microsoft Office is available immediately and can be acquired by following the instructions at the following Parkland Knowledge Base Article: Microsoft Office 365 – How to Sign Up and Get Started
2 – Lynda.com: As Campus Technologies migrates Parkland to Microsoft Outlook as the new email system, we will also be introducing a new online training resource called Lynda.com. Not only does this system provide training for teaching and learning, it also offers thousands of video courses on technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and other topics critical for the success of our students in the workforce. You can learn on the go with your mobile device, laptop, or at home on your desktop. This free service will be accessible to students and employees starting July 1.
3 – Affordable Laptops: Access to PCs/laptops is another important technology for the modern student. The Parkland College Bookstore has collaborated with Dell to provide our students and employees with Dell computer hardware at discounted prices. Coming later this summer, you can buy a selection of computers at a range of prices through the Bookstore and Financial Aid funds can be used towards the purchase.
We look forward to making more technology accessible to our students and employees. Feel free to contact the Tech Service Desk at 217/353-3333 or TechHelp@parkland.edu if you have any question regarding the information provided in this post.