Using IT on Campus | Tips for Students Leaving UCLA
Using IT on Campus
Whether it's your first or last year as a UCLA student, chances are you probably haven't heard about all of the services available to students. There are a host of information technology resources and services on campus that aim to make student life a little easier. Use the BruinTech Student Guide to Computing Resources to help make the right connections with technology. It includes information on:
Bruin Online (BOL): In addition to offering free software to students, Bruin Online also offers free dial-up Internet access, free email accounts, web page space, news services and technical support. They also manage non-residential wireless access on campus.
CLICC: The College Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC) is based out of Powell Library and offers a wide array of computing services. Both the drop-in lab on the 1st floor and the electronic classrooms on the 3rd floor offer fast Internet access, word processing, and many instructional applications and graphics programs. Scanners are available at 12 stations and printing is also available. CLICC also checks out laptops to students from seven libraries around campus, which offer access to hundreds of network connections. CLICC also offers computing workshops in various software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Photoshop. Anyone with a UCLA Logon ID and password can use CLICC, and beginning the third week of the quarter, the lab is open 24 hours a day Sunday through Friday.
Campus Computing Labs: There are many labs on campus that tailor their environments toward certain areas of study. The Humanities labs offer access to applications required by many Humanities courses. Social Sciences Computing features more statistical and mapping software packages to assist their students. Life Sciences Computing and the Science Learning Center provide courseware relevant to science majors. All these labs and more are detailed on the Computer Lab's website.
Free Software: Both Academic Technology Services and Bruin OnLine offer licensed software to students, faculty and staff including: anti-virus software, email software, telnet clients and Internet browsers.
Instructional Enhancement Initiative (IEI): Ever wonder what those mysterious IEI fees on your SBAR are for? Find out all about how IEI works on their website.
MyUCLA: While many students often use MyUCLA to find the course websites for their current study list, many do not realize that this is only a fraction of the resources provided by the site. Gradebook, a recent addition to MyUCLA, allows professors to post grades electronically on MyUCLA for students to see. Some of the other services MyUCLA offers are a course planner, webmail, virtual counseling, a GPA calculator and links to each student's department homepage, housing and current news items from various sources.
Student Technology Center: Need help troubleshooting a problem with your laptop or getting it repaired? Not sure how to set up your wireless connection? The UCLA Student Technology Center assists residents with their network and cable television needs and provides support services to non-residents as well. Their telephone number is (310) 825-3400. Technical questions and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
URSA Online: This system allows student to manage the logistics of being a student, including updating personal information; and reviewing financial & financial aid information, including processing payments; and handling a wide range of academic tasks such as enrollment, status, degree process, etc. 'Third party access' can be set up so that parents can log on to pay fees or access information. The student sets the level of access for the third party.
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Tips for Students Leaving UCLA
Though many people imagine graduating from college as simply walking up to the stage and accepting a degree, the truth is most times students aren't even handed a real diploma! Ordering your 'real' diploma is just one of the many 'loose ends' students take care of after they graduate. This information is for students who are leaving UCLA and are curious about how to deal with the accounts and passwords that they have accumulated over four (or more) years here at UCLA.
UCLA Logon ID: This is the principal technology account on campus. Once created, your UCLA Logon ID is permanently assigned to your 9-digit UCLA ID number. Your UCLA Logon ID is the username which you will use to authenticate to Bruin OnLine services and many other online campus services. URSA will always require this credential if you need to access your records later.
Bruin OnLine Services: Your UCLA logon ID forms the first part of your Bruin OnLine-mail address. Bruin OnLine provides a schedule of when accounts expire on their web site; the expiration date depends on the quarter you were last registered at UCLA. Those leaving get a grace period of an academic quarter to warn family and friends that their active account will expire and BOL offers a forwarding service that continues for four weeks after your account expires in addition to sending you a written warning.
Lifetime Email Forwarding: Individuals who receive a degree from UCLA are eligible to have their @ucla.edu email address forward indefinitely to another email account of their choosing. Switch your email accounts as many times as you want without having to send a change of address to your contacts. https://www.bol.ucla.edu/cgi-ssl/accounts/setforward/
Library Privileges: If you are accessing the Library’s online research tools from off-campus using either the proxy server or BOL dial-up, these privileges will expire when your online access becomes inactive. Regular library privileges will expire when you are no longer registered as a student. Library-licensed databases and other electronic resources will no longer be available for remote access because of licensing restrictions. Most licensed databases and other electronic resources including online journals are available for use by the general public from workstations in UCLA campus libraries. Also, Los Angeles Public Library offers remote access to many databases for users with valid LAPL cards. Local public libraries provide interlibrary loan services.
URSA: You may continue to access your student records on URSA Online using your UCLA Logon ID. Keep in mind that UCLA keeps records for 10 years, after which they are archived.
MyUCLA: Like URSA, MyUCLA accounts can be accessed with a UCLA Logon ID for up to 10 years after graduation. However, MyUCLA users may not access their Bruin OnLine email accounts through MyUCLA once their account has expired.
Department Email/Accounts: Some department or schools offer a separate email account or lab access to students. Those account expirations vary so check with your academic department for specific information.
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