Resources you need to succeed
It would be difficult to provide an explanation of all the resources you need to succeed as a UIS student and to graduate, but there are some resources that are so important that you really need to be aware of them.
UIS email is the primary tool we use to communicate with students, so it is vital that you check and read your UIS email every week. Yes, we are going to get announcements that either don’t interest or apply to you, and you may be tempted to ignore your UIS email account for this reason, but doing this may put you at a disadvantage. Read more about UIS email.
Norris L. Brookens Library supports teaching, learning and community at the University of Illinois Springfield. Students find spaces for both collaborative work and quiet study in the library, as well as access to a collection of over 700,000 books and serials, including over 205,000 eBooks and eJournals. The availability of this robust digital collection, as well as the online help offered by Brookens librarians, makes the library a valuable resource for online students as well as their on-ground counterparts. Read more about Brookens Library
Blackboard is a course management system that allows courses to be delivered partially or entirely on the Internet. Courses using Blackboard might be text based, but can be enhanced with audio, video, and generally include a great deal of interaction. Read more about Blackboard.
The Learning Hub
The Learning Hub offers free academic support services to currently enrolled UIS students. Through a peer tutoring program, The Hub offers one-to-one appointments—both in-person and online—in writing, math, accounting, economics, science, and academic skills Read more about the Learning Hub.
Information Technology Services is the primary point of contact for technology questions, problems, and issues. Support is available to all UIS faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Read more about Technology Support
Career Development Center
The Career Development Center is the primary liaison between students, employers, and faculty at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Our goal as a department is to provide the necessary resources and knowledge to each of these groups in order to effectively collaborate and find career opportunities. Read more about the Career Development Center.
UIS students can take advantage of Office 365 to download Office applications on their personally-owned devices, free for use while they are enrolled in courses at UIS. Office 365 also includes use of the Office mobile apps, allowing you to create and edit Office documents on your mobile devices. Read more about Office 365.
U of I Box offers the University of Illinois community a cloud-based data storage solution with an easy-to-learn interface that allows any Enterprise user with an Active Directory password to upload, download and view files with ease and security. You have 50 gigabytes of storage in the U of I Box, but you have substantial, in some cases unlimited, storage in other services. Read more about cloud storage at UIS.
lynda.com offers over a thousand video tutorials on leading software topics including Adobe products, Apple products, Microsoft products, Drupal, video editing, audio editing, operating systems and much more. Many titles are 7 or 8 hours of detailed information broken down into easy to manage 5 to 15 minute segments. You can always come back in at a later date to pick up where you left off. These video based tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning. A subscription costs $20-$30 a month but it is FREE for UIS students.
The easiest way to find the UIS link to lynda.com is to use the search field at the top of all UIS pages to search for “lynda.com” or check it out now to see what all the fuss is about.