UIS students, faculty, and staff have access to a rich collection of software applications for general computing, research, and multimedia development. Faculty may request additional software in support of their instruction by sending e-mail to Tulio Llosa [firstname.lastname@example.org] with a description of the classroom need. Requests must be made eight weeks in advance, and request fulfillment is contingent on availability of funding.
Accessing Software Off-Campus
In an effort to improve ease of access of instructional software, users may take advantage of Citrix Virtual Desktop. This process allows users (whether on or off campus) to access a virtual computer that runs all software for which UIS has licensing. Instructions for using Citrix Virtual Desktop [PDF] are available, as well as a list of available instructional software [PDF].
Citrix Virtual Desktop also works for Mac users. However, if you are running Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you may need to adjust the security settings [PDF] in order to install the Citrix Receiver app.
List of Instructional Software
As a new service provided by Software Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Software WebStore distributes many software packages for free or at a fraction of their usual costs. Students and faculty can enjoy prices as high as 80% off the retail found in most stores. Logon to the Software WebStore to start taking advantage of these incredible savings. If you have general or technical questions about this offer please email email@example.com.
TurningPoint™ Software enables educators, trainers and presenters to administer real-time, assessments of audience participants from within MS PowerPoint. With TurningPoint™, your PowerPoint installation transforms into a tool that can seamlessly identify and confirm participant understanding, increase participant attentiveness and comprehension, gather, rank and report critical information simultaneously with your delivery of live face-to-face events. Further analysis of student input can be provided via TurningPoint™ functionality that moves data into preformatted MS Excel and MS Word templates. Communicate and share information collected with Microsoft Outlook. Logon to the Software WebStore for the latest guides and version.
U of I Oracle Site License
The Oracle site license covers a set of Oracle server products for educational, research, and administrative use and 24/7 support for all students, faculty and staff at all University of Illinois campuses. The products covered under the license include:
- Oracle 9i database
- Oracle 10g database
- Oracle 9i application server
- Oracle 10g application server
- Oracle 9i client
- Oracle 10g client
- Advanced Security
- Diagnostics Management Pack
- Tuning Management Pack
- Change Management Pack
- Oracle Internet File System
Please email to Rogelio Salvador [firstname.lastname@example.org] with questions regarding Oracle products.
Webster is the software used with the interactive electronic whiteboards in the University Hall smart classrooms. With Webster you can capture a snapshot of anything you write or draw on the interactive whiteboard. Webster software records all whiteboard activities for you to save, use in other applications, print, or distribute. Logon to the Software WebStore for the latest version.
UIS Faculty and staff may obtain the latest version of the Office Suite software via the Technology Support Center. UIS Students may purchase MS Office at a significant educational discount from the Software WebStore.
Geographic Information System (GIS) Software
ESRI [Environmental Systems Research Institute] produces software and data for geographical information systems. UIS has joined the Urbana-Champaign and the Chicago campus licensing agreement for a suite of ESRI software. The software suite included: ArcGIS, ArcView, Arc/Info, Spatial Analyst, and 3D Analyst. E-mail installation requests to email@example.com.
ESRI ArcView & ArcGIS
ArcGIS is an integrated collection of GIS [Geographic Information System] software products for building a complete GIS. The Software WebStore has a site license for this software. Logon to the Software WebStore to access this offer.
Mathematica is a program for performing numerical and symbolic mathematical calculations with many built-in graphical capabilities. Mathematica is installed on all lab and classroom PCs and is available for faculty and staff office PCs and Macs. Students may purchase Mathematica at a minimal cost from the Software WebStore.
Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of online testing in Blackboard. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with Respondus LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with Standard browsers either. Read more about Respondus.
SPSS is installed on many lab and classroom PCs and is available for faculty office and home PCs by request. Please contact Dennis Jones at 206-7351 [e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org] to arrange for installation or upgrade.
The SAS System, originally Statistical Analysis System, is an integrated system of software products provided by the SAS Institute that enables the programmer to perform:
- data entry, retrieval, management, and mining
- report writing and graphics
- statistical and mathematical analysis
- business planning, forecasting, and decision support
- operations research and project management
- quality improvement
- applications development
- warehousing (extract, transform, load)
SAS is available to all faculty at UIS through our server license. Instructions on how to connect to our server to access the program are available. Please contact Dennis Jones at 206-7351 [e-mail: email@example.com] if there are any concerns or questions.
This software is available in BRK 413, PAC 493, UHB 2025, UHB 2028, UHB 2030, and Cisco networking labs. NetOps allows the faculty to broadcast their computer screens to all the PCs in the lab, and take control of another computer for instruction or demonstration purposes.
Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance Membership
Computer Science and Management Information System departments are members of the MSDN Academic Alliance program. The membership helps keep academic labs, faculty, and students on the leading edge of Microsoft technologies.
MIS and Computer Science departments in which you take credit courses are authorized to provide you with program software for use on your personal computer. To be in compliance with the MSDN Academic Alliance program requirements, you must follow these usage guidelines when using the software on your computer. You must also agree to the terms of the MSDN End User License Agreement [EULA], the Amendment to Master End-User License Agreement, and any conditions required by your department.
ITS is the MSDNAA Site Administrator at UIS. We are responsible for maintaining records of student use and ensuring there is full compliance with the program among all department users, including students, faculty and systems administration staff. Please e-mail the Tech Support Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions that you may have about the program, or refer to the MSDN Academic Alliance Developer Center.
All software reproduced for checkout will be a complete copy, and include all copyright and trademark notices.
You must be registered in at least one credit course within the MIS or Computer Science department to be eligible to load program software on your personal use computer. Students registered solely for non-credit courses in the department[s] are not eligible to receive program software.
You may not give copies of loaned/downloaded software to anyone else for their use. Other qualifying students must obtain software via the method[s] set up by the MSDNAA Site Administrator.
In order to install certain components, you may need a Product Key. The Product Key will be assigned solely to download authorized software. You may not disclose the Product Key information to anyone else.
The MSDNAA Site Administrator will maintain records of software downloaded from server or checked out, and will provide those records to Microsoft upon request.
Your may use the software for non-commercial purposes including instructional use, research and/or design, development and testing of projects for class assignment and tests or personal projects. You may not use the program software for any for-profit software development.
When you are no longer a registered student in the MIS or Computer Science departments, you may no longer receive updates for your personal use computer. However, you may continue to use previously installed software on your computer, provided you continue to follow program guidelines.