University Technology

Computer Labs

There are over 550 computers for student use in computer labs and resource centers across campus. Each computer lab contains networked PC (Windows 10) and Macintosh (OS 10.13) computers.

All computers provide high speed access to the Internet, CD/DVD burners or access to external drives, USB ports, and include the most commonly needed software applications, discipline-specific software, and access to double-sided laser printing.

WIU–Quad Cities also operates its own full-service lab for students on the WIU–Quad Cities campus.

Note that departments also operate some of their own labs which are specific to their discipline and are not maintained or supported by uTech unless requested.

COVID-19 Information

  • Please adhere to social distancing by sitting at every other station
  • Face masks are required at all times
  • Additional information can be found at wiu.edu/coronavirus

Fall and Spring Hours 

Staffed Labs

uTech staffed computer labs are located in primary campus locations. These labs have trained student personnel on duty to provide technical assistance.

uTech Academic Building Labs

  • Horrabin Hall Rooms 75/77 and Stipes Hall Room 307
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 9 PM
    • Friday: 7:30 AM - 4 PM
    • Sunday: 1-9 PM
  • Memorial Hall Room 046 and Morgan Hall Room 124
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5 PM
    • Friday: 7:30 AM - 4 PM

uTech Residence Hall Labs

  • Residence Hall Hours
    • Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 11 pm
    • Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Saturday: Open 24 hours for residence hall students only (Olson and Thompson)
    • Sunday: 1 pm – 11 pm
  • Locations
    • Lincoln/Washington/Grote Halls (Grote Hall Room 109)
    • Corbin/Olson Halls (Olson Hall Room 110) – Open 24 hours for residence hall students
    • Thompson Hall Room 102 – Open 24 hours for residence hall students
    • Westbrook House – Open 24 hours for residence hall students

Summer Hours

Please see hours posted outside lab


Special Hours (Labs Closed unless listed below)*

  • Finals Week (Fall and Spring) – All labs close at 2 pm Friday and begin break hours
  • Fall Opening Weekend – Stipes 307, Saturday (9 am – 5 pm) and Sunday (1 pm – 5 pm)
  • Labor Day – Stipes 307 and residence hall labs
  • Fall Break – Stipes 307 and residence hall labs
  • Thanksgiving Break – All labs close at 4 pm Friday. Resume normal Sunday hours (day before classes resume).
  • Winter Break (December) – See hours posted at lab entrances.
  • Christmas Eve through New Years Day – All labs closed
  • Winter Break (January) – See hours posted at lab entrances.
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday – Stipes 307 and residence hall labs
  • Abraham Lincoln's Birthday – Stipes 307 and residence hall labs
  • Spring Break – All labs closed. Resume normal Sunday hours (day before classes resume).
  • Memorial Day – All labs closed
  • July 4th – All labs closed

*Please watch lab postings for maintenance, holiday and break hours in all lab areas. This schedule is subject to change.

Unstaffed Computing Resource Centers (CRCs) – Fall and Spring

CRCs are smaller labs and are distributed across campus in most buildings to provide easy access for students, faculty, and staff. Please note that the CRCs are opened and closed by their managing academic department, and with the exception of the Malpass Library and University Union, are generally open weekdays from 8 am – 4:30 pm, when classes are in session.

  • Brophy Hall 115
  • Browne Hall 107
  • Currens Hall 301
  • Knoblauch Hall 107
  • Malpass Library (1st & 3rd floors)
  • Multicultural Center 103
  • Sallee Hall 108
  • Stipes Hall 126 - Closed due to COVID-19 precautions
  • Tillman Hall 413
  • Union Concourse - Closed due to COVID-19 precautions
  • Waggoner Hall 110
  • Writing Center (Library 3rd)

 

uTech Computer Lab Software

All uTech lab computers have a variety of software pre-installed, including basic word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and desktop publishing software. In addition, they have imaging and statistical software pre-installed, as well as a variety of discipline specific software available. The basic PC and Macintosh software installed on the desktops are listed below. 

PC Software – General
  • Microsoft Office 2019
    • Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, OneNote
  • Internet Browsers
    • Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • Miscellaneous
    • Acrobat Reader DC, Audacity, GIMP, ShareX, SAS 9.4, SPSS 26. 
Macintosh Software – General
  • Microsoft Office 2019
    • Excel, PowerPoint, Word, OneNote, Outlook
  • Internet Tools
    • Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox 
  • Miscellaneous
    • Adobe Reader DC, Garage Band, iBooks, iBooks Author, Image Capture, iMovie, iTunes, SPSS 25, Photo Booth, QuickTime Player, Photos, Pages, Burn.
Department and Class Specific Software
  • Biology – ChromasLite, TBLab
  • Computer Science – jGRASP (Java), PSPad, Stu-MVS Secure, VNC Viewer, MySQL, LP Solve, Python, Jing (Stipes 307 only), Net Brute, Secure Key (Putty), Secure Telnet (Putty), Wireshark
  • Economics & Decision Sciences – MiniTab 18, StrataSE 64
  • Engineering Technology – AutoCAD 2019, Autodesk (3ds MAX Design, Inventor, Revit)
    • (Knoblauch 107, Olson 110, Library 3rd Floor only)
  • Geography – ArcGIS 10.6
    • (Stipes 307, Olson 110, Library 3rd Floor only)
  • Mathematics – Mathmatica, RWeb, MikTex
  • Psychology – GPower, StatView
  • Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration – Google Sketchup
  • WESL (Western's English as Second Language) – Spelling Fusion
  • Assistive Software – Disability Resource Center
    • JAWS (screen reader)
    • MAGic (screen magnification)
    • Kurzweil 3000 (text to speech learning tool)

Downloadable Resources 

Logging In to the Computer Lab computers

Storing Files to the Network