Classroom Technologies

Audio visual equipment for electronic classrooms and conference rooms.

CUIT's Classroom and Desktop Technologies team, the Office of the Registrar, and Facilities Management have collaborated to construct a number of electronic classrooms (view a map PDF). These classrooms may be reserved as a regular class meeting place, for individual class sessions, or for events.

The classrooms are designed to accommodate a variety of technological needs. The equipment in the classrooms usually includes computer and projection systems, audio systems, and DVD/CD players. The installed computers are either Mac or PC systems capable of running Mac OS X or Windows, respectively. All computers are capable of running X-Windows to connect to the CUNIX systems. The software found on the computers includes a standard set of applications and Internet software. Instructors may arrange for installation of additional, properly licensed software on classroom computers by submitting a request at least two weeks in advance to CUIT.

All electronic classrooms have connections to the high-speed campus Ethernet network. The connection allows fast access to data on the campus network and the Internet. For example, instructors may access information on a Columbia University web server, a computer in their office, or from a computer at another university or research center. Instructors may also transfer and execute their own files or programs across the network.

Software in Electronic Classrooms

* only available in Schermerhorn 558

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 12: View and create PDF files
  • *Adobe Creative Cloud 2017: Creative cloud suite
  • *CeltX 2.9.1: Video and movie planning software
  • *Envi 5.3: Image analysis software
  • *Fugu 1.2.0: FTP software
  • *GeoMapApp 3.6.0: Data visualization tool for marine geoscience data systems
  • Google Chrome: Web browser
  • *JMP Pro 13: Statistical software
  • *JWatcher: Quantitative analysis behavior tool software
  • Mathematica 10.4: Mathematical
  • Matlab 2016A: Mathematical
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Spreadsheet program
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2016: Presentation program
  • Microsoft Word 2016: Word processor
  • Mozilla Firefox 52: Web browser
  • *Ocean Data View 4.7.4: Oceanographic software
  • *QGIS 2.10.1: Geographic software
  • Quicktime Player 10.4: Quicktime player
  • R 3.2.2: R for statistical computing
  • *Read&Write Gold 6.0: Literacy software
  • *TextWrangler 5.0.2: Text editor
  • *TexWorks 0.6.1: TeX front-end software
  • Safari 10.1.2: Web browser
  • *Shape 7.2.1: Crystal morphology software
  • Stata SE 14.1: Statistical analysis
  • *StellaPro 1.0.3: Modeling and simulation software
  • *VLC: Media player 
  • X1Quartz 2.7.8: X Windows
  • *Zotero: Bibliographies
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Adobe Audition CC 2017
  • Adobe Bridge CC 2017
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2017
  • Adobe Flash Professional CC 2017
  • Adobe Media Encoder CC 2017
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2017
  • ArcGIS 10.4.1
  • Cyberduck
  • DataStudio
  • Endnote X8
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth
  • Google Talk
  • Internet Explorer
  • iTunes
  • JMP Pro 13
  • Matlab R2017A
  • Mendeley Desktop
  • Microsoft Access 2016
  • Microsoft Excel 2016
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
  • Microsoft Visio 2016
  • Microsoft Word 2016
  • MiKTeX 2.9
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Putty 0.69
  • Quicktime Player 
  • R 3.3
  • R Studio
  • RealPlayer
  • SAS 9.4
  • SPSS Statistics 24
  • Stata MP 14
  • VLC media player
  • WinSCP 5.9.6
  • Wolfram Mathematica 11.1
  • X-Win32 2012
  • Zotero 4
  • Adobe AIR
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Media Player
  • Adobe Shockwave Player
  • Citrix online plug-in
  • Cn3D 4.3
  • GoToMeeting
  • Java Runtime
  • LibX Firefox extension
  • LizardTech ExpressView
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Sibelius Scorch
  • WebEx
  • Write-N-Cite
  • X Tools Pro 7.1
  • Zotero Firefox extension
  • Zotero Word Processor plug-in

Training and New Software Requests

  1. To schedule your training, please submit out online request form at least five days in advance.
  2. You will receive a response within one business day of submitting the request.
  3. If you are scheduled for a training and no one is in the room at the scheduled training time, please call x4-3633 immediately.

CUIT regularly evaluates and installs software packages requested by instructors.

  1. Before scheduling your training, please review the current software lists for electronic classrooms and computer labs.
  2. Review the policies and procedures below.
  3. Submit our online request form at least eight weeks prior to the semester start for new software. Instructors may arrange for installation of additional, properly licensed software on classroom computers by submitting a request at least two weeks in advance to CUIT.
Request Timing
  • Requests for completely new software must be received at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which you wish the software to be used.
  • More time may be needed for applications that require a license service, are difficult to install on publicly shared systems, or have compatibility problems with the existing application suite (see below).
  • Requests received with less lead time will be processed on a "best effort" basis, and may not be available for the start of the semester.
  • When different incompatible versions of the same software are requested, the earliest request will be selected.
  • New versions of existing applications are generally not updated after the start of a semester.
License Purchasing
  • Software specific for a particular course and not beneficial to the general student population is usually purchased by the requesting instructor's department.
  • Sufficient documentation for proof of purchase must be provided.
Support
  • Students using courseware installed via an instructor request are to be supported by the instructor. That is, instructors should provide usage instructions and help with the software to the students in their class. CUIT and the CUIT Service Desk cannot be expected to answer questions about how to use these applications.
  • General purpose applications installed in all locations are supported a number of ways by the CUIT Service Desk.
Software Compatibility

Occasionally we cannot install an application because of incompatibility with our systems. Challenges with installing applications on numerous shared, locked-down, public systems are much greater than installing the same thing on your own private system. Common issues include:

  • Application is outdated or requires previous version of another application.
  • Concurrent usage limits are required by the license but cannot be controlled.
  • Hardware copy protection is required or invasive copy detection methods are used.
  • Application has no "silent install" option . . . that is, it requires a user be present to click on a dialog box such as a license agreement.
  • Users are required to have write access to servers or the local operating system.
  • A malicious effect is exacted on other production software.
  • Existing laws, such as copyrights, are violated.
  • University policy is violated, or the University’s mission is in conflict.

FAQ

X-Win32 is StarNet's X terminal application for Windows computers. X-Win32 allows Windows users to connect to Linux/Unix servers on a local network or via the Internet.

X applications running on those servers will be displayed onto the Windows desktop. The X applications can run right alongside Windows applications and you can copy and paste data between the X and Windows applications.

X-Win32 is an IP-based service distributed to the Columbia community only via departmental licenses. Those, such as students, that wish to run X-Win32 off the Columbia network should contact Starnet directly to purchase their own educational license.

For further information on how to obtain a departmental license to be run on the Columbia network including pricing, please please submit a request to the CUIT Service Desk.