Computers are as essential as books, paper, and underwear at Luther College. Technologically speaking, Luther doesn’t often set the curve, but it isn’t lagging behind either. The computers will all do basic things, and many of the Mac systems in the library or the Center for Fine Arts will do things like graphic design, DVD-movies, and professional recording. The campus e-mail system and KATIE learning management system are essential to any class, so check them often. Spam filtering and virus protection are also provided to all students.
Luther offers its library catalogue and resources to anyone with an online connection, with many journals and subscriptions available by logging in. It’s a great way to do research in your dorm room if you’re working on a term paper. Many seminars on technology, especially as it relates to careers or majors, take place and are somtimes mandatory for certain classes. Students will also get most major announcements regarding holidays, campus events, security briefs, and campus news in the form of e-newsletters, although these are easily deleted. In short, a student who makes the effort to learn and take advantage of the available tech resources will find all the tools needed right at his or her fingertips.