Student Technology and Learning Guide

Guilford College offers many free or low-cost technology-based resources for students. Browse the sections below to learn more about your computing accounts, discount technology purchasing, available hardware and software, printing on campus, course information and academic resources, printing on campus, and more.  

Library and Learning Technologies and Information Technology Services (ITS) work together with other academic support and services colleagues in the Hege Academic Commons to provide you with the technology-based resources, tools, and support for your readiness for learning and academic success! 

CONTACT INFORMATION:
ITS Help Desk: (336) 316-2020
its@guilford.edu
Bauman 101

Library and Learning Technologies: (336) 316-2450
library@guilford.edu
Hege Academic Commons

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Accounts

Incoming students receive an email with the subject “Guilford Login Information” which provides initial login information for the accounts below.

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Google Email and Workspace Account

Guilford College uses Google Workspace for Education for email, in addition to a variety of Google applications for communication and collaboration. Features include Google Drive to store, create and share documents, Google Calendar, and more.  To login, go to http://mail.guilford.edu and enter your full email address as the username (username@guilford.edu) and your email password. 

Your email username and login is also used to access Zoom and to access Adobe Creative Cloud on select open access computers on campus.

Google Drive offers unlimited file storage to students. For more information see Using Google Drive.

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Banner Web is the system used for class registration, viewing Financial Aid awards, accessing the TouchNet bill payment system, and other important college functions.

To access Banner Web via a web browser:

  1. Go to the Banner Web site
  2. Choose Logon to Banner Web
  3. Enter your User ID and PIN then select Login

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Network Account

You also have a Network account to access Guilford Wifi (GC-Secure), networked computers on campus, Canvas, Navigate, Microsoft Office online, and as well as Guilford library resources when off campus. While your username is the same as the username part of your email, the two passwords might be different. In fact, using two different passwords is recommended for security reasons.  The Network account is also used to access the “Web Helpdesk” system to request technology help at https://webhelpdesk.guilford.edu.

Guilford students keep their email accounts and Banner Web access following graduation, but the Network account is available only to currently enrolled students.

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Resetting Passwords

For more information regarding passwords for any of the above accounts, see Resetting Guilford College Account Passwords.

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Quaker Card

All students receive a Quaker (ID) Card used for meal plans, building door access, printing to campus printers, and spending “Quaker Cash.” Incoming students are encouraged to submit a photo for an ID card prior to the “check in” date for their first semester on campus. For instructions see Photo Submission for Quaker ID Card.

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Software

Microsoft Office

Guilford offers students the entire suite of Microsoft Office 365, including the option to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote on students’ personal computers and mobile devices. To obtain the software for your computer, free of charge, follow the instructions for Installing Microsoft Office

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Technology Purchasing

Guilford encourages students to invest in their own laptops to support their academic journeys.

If you choose to purchase a laptop from a source other than Guilford’s discount program, be sure to review the recommended specifications prior to making a purchase. Be aware that Chromebooks, tablets such as iPads, and phones do not provide the ability to install specialized software needed for some courses.

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Technology Lending in Hege

Computing Devices

Library and Learning Technologies works with faculty to provide devices on extended loan through the Mobile Edge initiative to enable students in need to engage in their coursework. This includes Mac and PC laptops and tablets. A limited number of laptops with Adobe Creative Cloud are available for students enrolled in courses where Adobe CC is a requirement. All device requests must come through faculty via the Mobile Edge request form. Further information on device lending through the Mobile Edge is available online through Library and Learning Technologies.

Note: This extended device loaning service is intended to support students in need for the duration of up to three consecutive sessions (including summer).  Beyond that, we encourage students to invest in their own laptop computing devices to support their academic journeys in understanding of the fact that a laptop is an essential tool for academic success.

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Cameras, Microphones, Recorders

Need to record research interviews, take photos, or record video for a digital project?  Library and Learning Technologies circulates the following digital cameras to current students, faculty, and staff. Cameras are available for a 5 day loan period.

  • Canon Vixia HF R400-video recorder
  • Fujifilm FinePix S4800-camera
  • Nikon CoolPix L820
  • Canon Powershot SX160
  • FujiFilm FinePix JX650

The following items and accessories are also available:

  • Samson XPD1 Lavalier USB Digital Wireless System
  • Kimafun wireless microphone system with Lavalier Lapel mics
  • Olympus Digital Voice Recorder
  • 50 inch and 42 inch tripods 
  • Octopus tripods

Visit our page on information on technology lending.

Please note: due to popular demand, these items must be requested 48-hours prior to intended use.

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Learning & Technology Resources

Canvas

Canvas is the Learning Management system used at Guilford College.  While all courses are automatically created in Canvas, and students are automatically added to their courses, not all instructors use Canvas for the course.  Be sure to check with your instructor to see if you will be using Canvas to access course materials and activities.

To login to Canvas, enter guilfordcollege.instructure.com in your browser’s address bar.  So that you can more easily get to Canvas, be sure to bookmark the login screen on your computer. Type your campus network username and password and click Login. (Your network password is the same password you use to log in to campus computers and campus WiFi – it may be different from your email password.)

Check out the Canvas Student Guide.

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Portfolium

Portfolium is an academic ePortfolio that allows students to showcase their education and work accomplishments and connect with other professionals. Guilford College creates a Portfolium account for each incoming freshman where they can organize and display previous educational and professional content, including images, videos (YouTube, Vimeo), PDFs, text documents, and more.

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Hoonuit

Hoonuit is an online training resource with helpful modules on all manner of topics – from study skills and research essentials, to learning how to use new software like Photoshop or Microsoft Office.

Log in to Hoonuit with your Guilford network login/pass, and start searching for training modules that are of interest to you.

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Tech and Research Tutors

Research Tutors are here for you, and available to help with any stage of the research process, from choosing your topic, to finding sources, to managing your citations. Research Tutors are available during posted hours both online and on the STARS Desk on the 2nd Level of Hege during the hours listed on the Research Tutor and Consultation Calendars

You can drop by during the listed hours to get assistance from a Tech or Research Tutor. They can help you out if they are not already assisting someone else. To be sure you’ll be able to meet with a Research Tutor, we encourage you to make an appointment by accessing current semester research consultation calendar.

Tech Tutors have expertise in various different areas of technology – from WordPress websites or Google Docs, to Photoshop or video editing. Join a virtual tutoring session w

ith a tutor whose expertise matches up with what you need, or contact the tutor to schedule an individual session, depending on their availability.

Check the peer-advisor schedule with a Zoom link, and a list of their expertise (updated at the beginning of each new semester). There is a link at the bottom of the hours page to the full list of tutors for all subjects – scroll down to the bottom of the spreadsheet to see each Tech Tutor’s areas of expertise and their contact information.

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Databases & eResources

Databases

Library and Learning Technologies provides access to over 150 databases ranging from virtual reference, to news, to scholarly journal articles. Visit our A-Z list

Access to these resources is available both on and off-campus. When accessing from off-campus, simply go to the A-Z list and choose your database. You will be asked to sign-in using your network username and password (the same one you use for Canvas). Information for Off-Campus Access to Library Databases

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eBooks

Hege Library and Learning Technologies provides access to over 350,000 electronic books in the humanities, sciences, social sciences.  Some collections are available in our A-Z list of databases and others are discoverable through a catalogue search.

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Streaming Media

Hege Library and Learning Technologies provides access to over 100,000 streaming video and audio titles.  These titles include documentaries, feature films, ethnographies, primary source material, and much more. Check the Streaming Media Guide on the Library Website for links to streaming media partners.

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New York Times & The Wall Street Journal

Free online access to the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal is available to Guilford students. Please note that you must register for an account while on campus and renew your account once per year. 

Visit the NYT website from a computer on the Guilford College network. Then create your free NYT account using your Guilford College email address and claim your pass.

Visit the WSJ website from a computer on the Guilford College network.  Then create your free WSJ account using your Guilford College email address.

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Open Access Computers

Computer lab locations

  • Bauman L020 (Mac lab – open 24/7, when no class scheduled; card access required; Adobe Suite on all machines)
  • Bauman L024 (PC lab – open 24/7, when no class scheduled; card access required)
  • Bauman 102 (mixed Mac & PC lab – open 24/7, when no class scheduled; card access required)
  • Bauman 201 (PC lab – open 8am to 5pm when no class ongoing)
  • Hege Library 2nd floor “Amoeba” (mixed Mac & PC – available when Library is open) 
  • Duke 309 (PC Lab – open 8am to 5pm when no class scheduled)
  • King 223 (mixed Mac & PC lab – open 8am to 5pm when no class scheduled; Adobe Creative Cloud on all machines; Automator and Maxon Cinema 4d on Macs)

Availability of computers in the library – what kinds, desktops vs. laptops, how long laptops circulate for, etc.

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Software available on open access computers

  • Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • ArcGIS (Windows PCs only)
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Reader
  • Microsoft Project (Windows PCs only)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ (Windows PCs only)
  • Skype
  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari (Macs only)
  • Zotero
  • Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote (Macs only)
  • iMovie (Macs only)
  • Windows MovieMaker (Windows PCs only)
  • VLC Media Player

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Additional software on select computers

  • Adobe Creative Cloud – Bauman L020, King 223, 2nd Floor Library, Ideation Lab, some circulating laptops
  • Camtasia – 2nd Floor Hege Library

Apple Pro Apps (Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, MainStage 3) – Select computers in Bauman L020

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Printing

Students are provided $12 per semester for printing.  Printing costs $.07 per sheet for B&W and $.15 per sheet for color. You can add money to your Quaker Card for additional printing as needed. 

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If you would like to print to Guilford printers from your own personal computer, contact the ITS Help Desk in Bauman for assistance installing print drivers on your computer. You can also use the web print option by going to http://gcprint.guilford.edu and logging in with your Guilford credentials.

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Printer locations 

You can print your documents from any available campus computer. You can also scan documents to your Google Drive or your email, or you can make copies of documents at all Guilford printers available to students.

Printers available to students include:

  • Alumni Gym, 2nd Level Hallways
  • Bauman Hall, 1st Level Lobby(2 printers)
  • Duke Hall, 2nd Level, Math Study Room
  • Duke Hall, 3rd Level, Foreign Language Study Room
  • Founders’ Hall, 1st Level, OSLE
  • Founders Hall, Lower Level Theatre Studies Office
  • Frank Hall, 1st Level, Biology Suite
  • Frank Hall, 2nd Level, Chemistry Suite
  • Frank Hall, 3rd Level, Geology Suite
  • Hege Academic Commons, 1st Level, Guided Discovery Area
  • Hege Academic Commons, 2nd Level, Collaboratory Area
  • Hege Academic Commons, 2nd Level, Learning and Writing Center
  • Hege Academic Commons, Ground Level, Commons Ground Lobby
  • Hege-Cox Hall, 1st Level, Elevator Area
  • King Hall, 1st Level, Break Room by Elevator
  • Mary Hobbs, Lower Level, Student Lounge (access currently restricted due to COVID)

If you have questions about printing, scanning and copying, contact ITS for more information at its@guilford.edu or  336-316-2020.

Please note: your Quaker Card is required to release your documents to print at the printer.

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Residence Hall Technology

Students need not bring printers to Guilford as printers are available across campus. If you do bring a printer, we ask you to not use the wireless option, but connect via cable instead. Wireless printer connections can interfere with the operation of Guilford’s wireless network.

Consumer electronics such as gaming consoles can be plugged in via a wired network (ethernet) connection or attached via GC-Resnet WiFi.  Single rooms have one ethernet port; double rooms have two ports. You must bring your own ethernet cable. These can be purchased for a low cost at local stores such as Best Buy or online. 

TVs with streaming capabilities are available in common lounges in Residence Halls, though students must use their own accounts to access content.

To use the GC-Resnet WiFi, your device must be compatible with a type of wireless network login called WPA PSK. Each student who lives on campus is assigned a special password to use with GC-Resnet. You will receive the password via email from ITS during campus move-in. The password works for an unlimited number of devices.

Note: Students who move in after the beginning of the academic year (e.g., mid-year transfers) may need to contact the Help Desk to request a password for GC-Resnet. 

For a printable summary of technology services see our Student Technology and Learning Guide brochure.

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