Many courses use specialized software currently installed in computer labs across campus. View the list of software on campus computers. You can connect to those labs to access these programs from your own computer. If your course requires specialized software, you can connect remotely to a computer on campus already equipped with a variety of programs. For more information, follow the directions on the LITS website, or contact the Technology Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the spring semester, resident students will have access to a limited number of public computers in the Information Commons and the MEWS.
Any computer purchased within the past 4 years will serve your needs. The detailed minimum standards that LITS recommends are listed below.
Recommended minimum standards for an existing computer:
PC-Windows 10; 8GB Ram; i5 processor; Current anti-virus and malware protection software.
MAC-OS 10.14; 8GB Ram; 1.3 GHz processor; Current anti-virus and malware protection software.
Recommended minimum standards for a new or refurbished computer purchase:
Latitude 7300 13" / 1.6 GHz quad-core i5 8th Gen processor / 16 GB / 256GB Solid State Drive
MacBook Pro 13" / 1.4 GHz quad-core i5 8th Gen processor / 8 GB (16GB recommended) / 256GB Solid State Drive
If you have any questions about hardware, software, or other accessories, email email@example.com.
LITS has a limited number of laptops available for semester loan. These laptops are available to students who do not have access to a personal computer, and who need a device to complete coursework.
If you have questions about borrowing a laptop from LITS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Holyoke has a core set of software tools that are installed and available on all College owned computers, and supported by our Technology Help team. This campus software can be accessed on your personal computer through Remote Computer Labs.
College license allows for the following to be installed on personal computers:
Enter your Mount Holyoke email address at Office 365 for Education and follow the prompts to download Office 365 apps on your home computer.
Submit the Academic software for home use request form for access
Follow these instructions for downloading ChemDraw to personal computers.
Adobe Creative Cloud licensing has been extended and is freely available to students, and can now be installed on your personal computer.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for free, to read PDF files.
Staff from the MEWS Teaching Area can answer questions about the different uses of Adobe. Contact them at email@example.com.
VPN stands for virtual private network. MHC VPN allows us to connect to the MHC network from home (or while traveling) safely and securely in order to access campus resources. VPN makes your connection private and secure. This is important when working with private, secure or high risk college data, as well as if you're on a public wifi.
VPN is only required when using an on-campus restricted software or library resource, or when connecting remotely to a campus computer. For the majority of student work, VPN is not necessary.
Take a look at the examples below to better understand when you should connect to VPN:
Accessing files on the campus AMBR file server: VPN is necessary
Remote access to a microscope computer or campus lab computers: VPN is necessary
Accessing library research databases: VPN is sometimes necessary
Accessing your MHC Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Moodle, Zoom, etc: VPN is not necessary
To set up VPN, follow these directions from the LITS website.
If you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The student section of LITS's Moodle Help Guide provides basic information to get you started. There is also a Moodle Basics for Students course in which you can self-enroll for more detailed information.
LITS recommends that students download the Moodle mobile app for easy access and an alternate way to access Moodle course content. Keep in mind that some features of the mobile app will work differently than the computer version. Learn more about what you can and can't do in the moodle mobile app here.
When you first open the app, you will be prompted to enter the URL of your Moodle site. Enter "moodle.mtholyoke.edu".
LITS offers Zoom as the primary video conferencing option for the campus community for classes, meetings, and other campus activities. Zoom, designed to be intuitive, provides excellent video and audio quality, even over long distances.
All Mount Holyoke students can initiate video and audio conference calls of unlimited duration using this tool.
First-time Zoom users at Mount Holyoke, should go to mtholyoke.zoom.us to download our institution's Zoom. Follow the Zoom Video Conferencing instructions on the LITS website to properly access your Mount Holyoke account. To test your Zoom connection and familiarize yourself with the tool go to zoom.us/test and click Join to enter a test Zoom meeting, from there you can practice muting and unmuting yourself, turning your camera on and off, etc.
To change your name, have a temporary name, or display your pronouns in Zoom, visit Zoom videoconferencing. The instructions are located under the heading "Changing your name in Zoom."
Please note: if you have multiple Google accounts you may need to log out of other Google accounts before successfully accessing mtholyoke.zoom.us. If you receive any unexpected errors, please take a screenshot if you’re able, and contact the Help Desk at email@example.com.
It is important to keep Zoom up-to-date. This Zoom page provides guidance about how to check for available updates. If prompted by Zoom to run an update, please do so.
Review the security tips on our main web site to view additional settings that will improve the security of your sessions.
There are a variety of support options available. These include:
Access Zoom’s 24/7 chat support by using the Help icon that appears at the bottom of https://www.zoom.us.
LinkedIn Learning offer the course, "Learning Zoom."
If you need additional assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are using an existing personal computer, please keep the Operating System and Security Software up to date.
Free Antivirus Software recommendations:
Free AntiMalware Software recommendation: MalwareBytes
As we spend more time learning, teaching, and working online, it is more important than ever to be mindful of threats posed by scammers and bad actors seeking to disrupt our efforts. LITS asks that you remain vigilant and utilize our resources to stay safe online:
In response to COVID-19, many internet providers are offering discounted service plans and have opened their WiFi Hotspots to the public in an effort to keep everyone connected. These providers include:
If you do not currently have internet service, and these options will not meet your need, please email email@example.com.
Next to the internet provider you use, the most important factor is how you connect to the network within a house or other location. Things to consider:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for support if you are concerned about the reliability of your home internet connection.
During the spring 2021 semester, LITS will be maintaining multi-function devices (MFDs) in the following locations:
Auxiliary Services -- 24-hour vestibule
Blanchard -- near the Information Desk
Blanchard -- upper level, Skinner Green side of building
LITS -- Information Commons
LRC -- Ciruti Language Resource Center lounge
Other MFDs may become available as the semester progresses.
Residential students may print to this MFD from their personal computer using Mobility Printing. Additional information about campus printing can be found on the Printing on campus page of the LITS website.
If you have questions about using an MFD on campus, contact email@example.com.