Every Haverford College classroom has a Mac for use during class. Although these computers are primarily for the use of Faculty, students may also use these computers at the direction of faculty during class.
Software installed on the classroom computers is largely the same as the software on public labs. View our full list of available software.
Guidelines on Adding Software in Classrooms
IITS maintains a standard set of software on classroom computers. The software and configuration together are referred to as an Image and this image is the same across all classroom and lab computers.
IITS puts out a call to faculty twice per year asking about changes to the classroom and lab images. Faculty can request specific software be added to the uniform image and, given available funding and licensing that permits campus-wide installation, IITS will add the requested software in time for the following semester.
We recognize that sometimes faculty wish to add software mid-semester. We strongly recommend that software that’s not part of the image be installed on a faculty member’s college-issued laptop and that the laptop be taken to the classroom for use.
Although we cannot tailor classroom computers to each individual, faculty are also given administrator-level access to the Mac OS on classroom computers. This allows faculty to install Mac-based freeware, shareware and purchased software for which the faculty member is responsible for maintaining the licensing. The following guidelines govern adding software to classroom computers. Community members are held at their honor to follow these guides.
- For paid software we strongly suggest that faculty install the software on their college-issued laptop and bring it to the classroom.
- Faculty without laptops, or others who choose to, are welcome to install any Mac software so long as the faculty member takes full responsibility for adhering to the terms of the software license and it doesn’t create security or stability issues. We can give you guidance in that area if needed.
- Installing software as a one-off carries one risk – if the machine needs to be re-imaged mid-semester for whatever reason (equipment failure, virus, etc.), faculty members will need to reinstall any software they added. This can come as an unwelcome surprise – again a great reason to keep the software on your laptop.
- This is strictly a self-service model. IITS will not customize a single classroom computer.
- IITS reserves the right to suspend administrator access to classroom computers where software is installed without appropriate licensing, where the software causes harm to the computer, or where the software interferes with the ability of other faculty to effectively use the classroom computer.