BYOD at Conestoga
Conestoga is committed to supporting a Bring Your Own Device model here at the college. This means you can bring whatever laptop, tablet or mobile device you have, to use on campus. Please know, the IT Service Desk can not provide support for issues on your personal computer.
Need to get a new copy of Microsoft Office or Adobe? Log into the Microsoft Web Store to low or no cost software downloads for your computer.
Find an Open Lab with Specific Hardware or Software
We have numerous computer labs for you to use during your studies here. Download our free Conestoga Labs app from your device's app store to help you search for a lab on campus.
Faculty & Staff
Software Updates 2017 - 2018
Keep yourself upadted with Software currently in-use & planned upgrades for the next Academic year. Please review the attached list Software upgrade 2017- 2018 for planned changes.
Your Computer's Hardware
The standard computer currently being installed in labs is an i5-2400s, 8GB memory, 500GB Hard Drive PC, running Windows 7. Some stations and desks may have an older model of PC.
Requesting Additional Hardware
If you are having trouble with your computer, or need additional hardware, like a webcam or headset, please contact the IT Service Desk.
Find a Classroom or Meeting Room with Specific Hardware or Software
Use our Room Configuration app to find a classroom or meeting room with the hardware or software you need.
Your Desktop Computer's Software
To locate the software on your computer, it may appear along the bottom of your screen in your Task bar. If it does not, open your Start menu. Here, you can use the Search box to search for the name of the particular software you are looking for, or look through the list of All Programs.
We recommend you check your computer has all or most of the following software. Click the link to visit the software's support sites or our information page.
We automatically install Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Some college technologies, like SIS, will only work in Internet Explorer. For support in using these browsers, consult their respective support sites.
Your computer is equipped with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Visio, and Publisher. For support on using this software, consult Microsoft's support site, and click on the icon for the software you are learning. For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development.
Instant Messaging and Video Conferencing
We use Lync 2013 (Skype for Business) to instant message (chat) and video conference among faculty and staff. Lync can be used for hosting remote guests in your classroom. Check out our support page to get started with Lync 2013 (Skype for Business). For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development.
For participant audiences greater than 25, we use GoToMeeting or GoToTraining, a video conferencing software. It allows you to have up to 250 participants actively connecting to your video conference. This software will not appear in your start menu. Check out our support page to get started using GoToMeeting/GoToTraining. For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development. For support when using the software, check out GoToMeeting/GoToTraining's support site.
We use Adobe Acrobat Pro as our .pdf file format reader. For support and troubleshooting using Adobe Acrobat Pro, consult Adobe's support site. For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development.
We use VLC Media Player, a versatile video and audio player, as our software to launch DVD's, .mp3's and more. For support and troubleshooting using VLC Media Player, consult VLC's support site. For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development.
We use VMware Horizon View - a Virtual Machine software, to connect our remote campuses to our infrastructure, and to provide consistent access to standard computer set ups. Students, faculty and staff requiring specialized software may use a view tailor-made for them. Check out our support page to use the VMware Horizon view on campus or from home. For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development.
Your Classroom Computer's Software
Your classroom computer will have the above software, in addition to the following, as requested.
Qualtrics is an online survey tool that allows you to build new or import existing surveys, distribute surveys and analyze responses from a convenient online platform. It is available to all conestoga faculty and staff upon request. Check out our support page to get started using Qualtrics Survey.
Easy Interactive Whiteboard
Available in classrooms with Interactive Whiteboards (any classroom with a DVP model 595wi), this software lets you use your projected screen like a tablet, and draw and annotate on-screen. Check out our support page to get started using Easy Interactive Whiteboard software.
Active Learning Platform that delivers a more collaborative and engaged learning enviroenment. YuJa enables instructional delivery models that blend lecture capture, live broadcasting, media management, video classrooms and social and mobile learning into a rich educational experience. Check out our support page to get started using YuJa Active Learning Software. For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development.
DataLink (OMR Scanner)
Doing multiple choice quizzes using bubble sheets? Use DataLink Connect to score the test results, and generate reports to submit in eConestoga. Check out our support page to get started using DataLink Connect. For training available on using this software, contact Organizational Development.
Parscore (OMR Scanner)
Some faculty may be using Parscore. This software is not supported with training. The support document for using this software is here.
Faronics Insight (Lab Monitoring)
We use Faronics Insight to allow faculty to monitor student activity on lab computers during class. Download this user manual to get started using the software. Stay tuned for the development of our support page to get started using Faronics Insight.
Respondus LockDown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser application that locks down the testing environment within eConestoga. Check out our support page to get started using Respondus LockDown Browser.
Request Specialized Software
If licensing permits, specialized software can be requested for installation on college issued computers. Request the software by emailing the IT Service Desk, detailing the software you need and providing evidence of any manager or Chair's approval.
Downloading Software or Adding it to your Home Computer
Work from home often? Need to get a new copy of Microsoft Office or Adobe? Looking for SolidWorks or DreamSpark? Check out the Downloads page to learn what software is available for you to download for no or at low cost from the college.
Get Training on your Computer's Software
Throughout the year, you can request training for any of the software issued on your desktop or classroom computers. Contact Organizational Development to arrange your training, or find out about upcoming training events.