Technology Resources

TechnologyCoP-IT Contacts

  • Sean Hall, Director of Technology
    shall@d.umn.edu   218-726-6004
  • Sha Yang, Canvas and TA training, Zoom support, ParticiPoll (audience response system) support, TC ITV classroom backup 
    yang2193@umn.edu   612-626-5518
  • Steve Panizza, TC ITV classroom Support and lecture recording management
    paniz001@umn.edu   612-625-7203
  • Eric Shilinski, Duluth ITV classroom and audience response system support
    shil0026@d.umn.edu   218-726-6065

Portable Computing Device Requirement

The College requires that all students own a portable computing device.  We strongly recommend that students consider taking class notes electronically on a laptop or tablet.  If requested, CoP IT can provide you with assistance to transition to e-notetaking. 

  • Must be Wi-Fi enabled laptop or tablet, minimum 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, with VGA and/or HDMI connection and adapter (in order to connect to classroom instructional technology systems)  
  • Must have a built-in webcam or a separate webcam to connect to the device. 
  • To take full advantage of both VitalSource eBooks and ExamSoft, students should purchase a device with Mac (OSX 10.13 or higher), Windows 10, or iOS (iOS 11 or higher) operating system. ExamSoft compatible devices are those based on Windows or Mac operating systems. The iPad is compatible with Examplify, while Chromebook and Android based devices are not. Any compatible device that uses an external Bluetooth keyboard can be used to take an ExamSoft assessment, but be aware that the keyboard cannot be used in taking a secure exam. (Here are the links to specific system requirements: Guide of devices compatible with VitalSource e-textbooks; Guide of devices compatible with ExamSoft)
  • Internet speed requirements and optimizing your Zoom experience
  • Sales tax will not be levied on required devices (including adapters) purchased at university bookstores on both campuses.  Please inform the bookstore staff that you are a student in the College of Pharmacy, and that the device you are purchasing is required by the College.
  • Financial aid may be augmented in order to purchase your device and adapter once during your time in the PharmD program. Please complete and submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal form, available here for TC students and via onestop in Duluth.
  • Again, these devices and adapters can be purchased from the bookstore on either campus.

Zoom Operating Guide

Zoom Operating Guide

Drug Information Databases

All College of Pharmacy students have access to the Facts & Comparisons and Micromedex drug information databases. 

X500 login required to access Facts & Comparisons

Visit U of M Libraries to access Micromedex

E-Note Taking & Other Resources

E-note Taking/Other Resources

E-Textbooks

Some e-textbooks are available in the Pharmacy Collection website and the Access Pharmacy website the university library subscribes to, and a few downloadable e-textbooks from VitalSource will be provided to students entering the PharmD program. Students will be expected to use these e-textbooks in class. For the e-textbooks from VitalSource, visit VitalSource BOOKSHELF to download the software these e-textbooks launch from.

ExamSoft/Examplify Student Handbook

Some exams in the PharmD curriculum will be administered through a separate online testing platform called ExamSoft. Students must activate their account in ExamSoft and download the Examplify testing app onto the device they will use for exams before they can complete any ExamSoft exams. The Student Handbook includes steps for getting started, instructions for using Examplify, and troubleshooting and support information. 

ExamSoft/Examplify Student Handbook

Student Breakout Rooms

BreakoutRoom

Two student breakout rooms on each campus have been technologically enhanced, and now enable students to hold Video Conferences between campuses using either student Zoom accounts or Acano CoSpaces.  Zoom allows PC to PC connectivity and Acano allows connectivity between multiple devices including ITV Codecs.  See printed instructions in each space.  Reserve each space as you would for Classrooms and Conference Rooms.  You may view the calendars by clicking on the links in the table below.  

Duluth Calendars Twin Cities Calendars
LSci 162A WDH 1-120L Door
LSci 162B WDH 1-120L Wall

 

UMD Acano Instructions TC Acano Instructions
LSci 162A WDH 1-120L Door
LSci 162B WDH 1-120L Wall

Student Computing Labs & Printing

The college has four Student Computing Labs available to Students, two in Duluth (LSci 162 and LSci 216) and two in the Twin Cities (WDH 1-120F and WDH 3-150) . There are a limited number of Windows workstations available for student use in each.  They are Windows 10 workstations and require x.500 credentials for logging in.

Printing in the labs is now done via the U's managed, cash-to-card printing service.  You are able to print your jobs from any of the dedicated workstations, or you may also set up your personal devices to print wirelessly.  

In Duluth, you may visit the ITSS Printing Page, or stop in at the ITSS Help Desk in Kirby Plaza for assistance in setting up wireless printing on your device.

The Twin Cities OIT Printing Page is here, and you will need to uninstall any previous Pharmacy printers, ensure you are on either Eduroam or UofM Secure Wifi, and run one of the following installer packages.