Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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Computer Facilities and Information Technology

The College maintains ample computer facilities for students. All student dormitory rooms are linked to the campus network and the Internet. Public e-mail stations are available on campus. The Bannerman Technology Center serves as the campus community lab and multimedia center. The facility provides ready access to word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistics, graphics, and programming languages software. The Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library maintains a battery of computer workstations with state-of-the-art on-line references and multimedia facilities. Multimedia instructional facilities are located throughout the campus. At the College one can find PC, Macintosh, and Linux systems. The student computing services work crew manages the day-by-day campus information technology systems under the direction of the computing services manager.

Information technology prerequisites are on the rise for the student in American higher education today. Accordingly, the student is encouraged to bring a personal computer to campus and to learn more about information technology and how to use it during the college years. Basic guidelines for computer competency challenge the student to understand the following operations: the computer's operating system, Internet and e-mail connections, word processing, spreadsheet development, database development, graphic presentation development, folder and file maintenance and sharing, and basic computer and printer care. Many of these skills are learned through individual practice and through course assignments. Students may contact the academic advisor for counseling on how to best meet these guidelines during their college careers.