Catalog of Services
Weitzman School and the University of Pennsylvania offer a multitude of services both on our network, the UPenn network, and on third party software or services. Consider this a list of the offered services to all Weitzman School users.
AirPennNet is the University’s WiFi network for members of the Penn community. For detailed instructions on how to get connected to AirPennNet. Read more here.
Juno and Jove File Server Access
For detailed instructions on how to get connected to Weitzman School network resources on Juno (student file server) and Jove (faculty and staff file server). Read more here.
Vulcan Printer Server
We maintain a Windows-based printing server for all of our networked printers. For a rundown on the pricing, installation process, and more with our printing server, read more here.
FortiClient Remote Access
We use FortiClient's remote access software to set up a remote network connection for access to June, our student file server. Read more here.
General Software and Web Services
Your PennO365 account entitles you to download a copy of Microsoft Office while you are a student at Weitzman School, as well as 1 TB of data storage on OneDrive for Business, Microsoft’s cloud data storage and collaboration solution. Read more here. NOTE: Beginning FY 2020 – Students will be required to sign into an O365 account to use software like Word, Excel, etc. in the PC labs.
Autodesk products like AutoCAD are free to University of Pennsylvania students. To obtain a license, you must setup a new Autodesk account over on their website.
Adobe products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and so on are not provided by the University of Pennsylvania. Discounted educational licenses are available over on their website. NOTE: Beginning FY 2020 – Students will be required to sign up for+log into a free Adobe Account to use software like Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, etc. in the PC labs. Read more here.
Rhinoceros is a 3-D free-form modeler you can use to create anything from a heart valve to a ship hull and from a mouse to a monster. Discounted educational licenses are available via the UPenn Computer Connection.
ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information, using maps and geographic information in a range of applications, and managing geographic information in a database. We offer free student licenses - please contact us for a student license.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
LinkedIn Learning is an online training library that provides access to tutorials covering a wide selection of topics from beginner to advanced instruction. They offer tutorials on many of the software applications that you are expected to master during your time at Weitzman School. We hope you will use LinkedIn Learning often. The best part about online tutorials is you can start and finish at your pace, go back and review as often as you need, and do all of this from the comfort of your couch or favorite coffee shop. Below is just a short list of the various tutorials to help you improve and enhance your skills. Read more here.
Qualtrics is an online service for creating and distributing surveys. Weitzman School has a site license for Qualtrics, meaning all Design faculty, students and staff are eligible to use Qualtrics. You can access the UPenn Qualtrics portal via this link. Please bear in mind you'll need to log in with your PennKey username and password. You can also share ownership of surveys you've created if another user has logged into Qualtrics - read more about sharing your surveys here.
Penn+Box is a collaboration between UPenn and Box.com, which provides cloud storage and sharing capabilities. Each full time student is given unlimited storage to use and share. Aside from collaborative work, and easily accessible storage, this is a great tool for backing up important files. Read more here.
FortiClient Remote Access
The Remote Access page will detail how you can get access to any Weitzman School server directories you would typically have access to while off campus. You can view, upload to, and download from, your personal space and Course folders on Juno, as well as the Public folder. For more information on Juno, see the Network section above. Read more here.
The school provides access to BlueJeans, a web-based, virtual meeting service. BlueJeans is great for hosting meetings with groups of collaborators, sharing content, hosting quick webchats, or even showing work on-site to those back on campus. BlueJeans can be used in any web browser, as well as through the BlueJeans mobile app on iOS and Android. Users can also attend meetings by calling in via telephone. BlueJeans can be accessed by all students through the use of your PennKey. Click here for access to UPenn's BlueJeans portal. Read more here.
Microsoft Teams offers many impressive and valuable video conferencing features. Up to 250 users can host 1080p, which includes the ability to share screens and record calls. Users can also meet or collaborate on-the-go using Microsoft Teams apps for smartphones and tablets. Read more here.
LastPass offers a secure vault for storage of your passwords, and other secure information, allowing users to create stronger, and more varied passwords for their various accounts, ultimately leading to a more secure environment. Read more here.
Secure Share - Faculty and Staff Only
Secure Share is a web-based application for secure file exchange available to Penn faculty, staff, and students. Though there should be a limited need to exchange sensitive or confidential information electronically, when members of the Penn community are required to do so, Secure Share provides an easy-to-use mechanism that ensures the safety and privacy of University data.
Two-Step Verification provides an added layer of protection when accessing PennKey-protected web sites and applications. With Two-Step, after logging in with your PennKey and password you’ll be prompted to verify your identity—the second step—using a device in your possession, such as a mobile phone or key fob. Read more here.
Symantec Endpoint Protection
The University supplies all students with a licensed copy of Symantec Endpoint Protection for both Windows and Mac OS X. Symantec is an anti-virus and anti-malware program, which runs passively on your computer, to keep your machine uninfected, and remove any sort of virus or malware that is found on your machine. It is highly recommended that every student take advantage of this software. Read more here.
Training and Awareness is an integral function of ISC Office of Information Security at Penn. In collaboration with Schools and Centers, the Training and Awareness program provides the community with an understanding of how to protect the University's computing assets and confidential information from unauthorized access. Read moire here.
***Courseware solutions supported by Weitzman School***
During the academic year, if you would like to use a Weitzman School sponsored storage service for your class you have 3 options:
- Canvas is where online learning at Penn happens. It’s a place for instructors to post readings, host class discussions, collect assignments, manage grades, and extend learning beyond the physical classroom. (NOTE: All Canvas sites are created upon request by faculty teaching courses at the University of Pennsylvania or by their TAs or support staff. It is recommended that Canvas sites be requested two months before the start of the semester, but sites can be requested at any time near the start of the semester or during the semester. The request process differs depending on your home school and course role) Read more here.
- Juno Course Folders are the networked share folders set up for all Weitzman School faculty and students to share and collaborate with files. Read more here.
- Penn+Box is a collaboration between UPenn and Box.com, which provides cloud storage and sharing capabilities. Each full time student is given unlimited storage to use and share. Aside from collaborative work, and easily accessible storage, this is a great tool for backing up important files. Click here for more information for PennBox. NOTE: All other storage solutions not sponsored by PENN (Google, AirDrop, etc…) are not officially supported by Weitzman School. Read more here.
Student Record System (SRS) - STAFF ONLY
The Student Record System, known as SRS, is the data mainframe used by faculty and staff to manage academic records and courses. This system is accessed with the Host Explorer software, which faculty and staff must get installed with assistance from IT Services. Host Explorer is only supported for Windows 10 devices, and is not supported with Mac OSX.
Business Enterprise Network (BEN) Financials - STAFF ONLY
BEN is your gateway to Penn's web-based financial systems and related information and services. Access to the systems is limited to authorized University staff and faculty. BEN is a legacy system that only functions currently in Internet Explorer as it requires Java (Safari, Firefox, and Chrome have removed support for Java).
Web Chat and Video Conferencing Solutions
The Weitzman School of Design offers several solutions, each with its own pros and cons, for web chat and video conferencing needs. These can be used for instances varying from a one-on-one webchat, to hosting a class online, to collaborating on group projects without having to meet in person. Read more here.
Loaner Laptops and AV Equipment
Several laptops, both Mac and PC, as well as projectors, and all-in-one carts are available for short term loan via our equipment reservation system. This equipment is typically meant to be used for presentations, reviews, and other events, and typically cannot be checked out for more than 24 hours at a time. For information on how to reserve this equipment on how to reserve equipment, read more here.
Upon special request and with the appropriate notice, we can occasionally provide use of extra laptops for longer term use or with specialty software installed. If you are attempting to reserve equipment for a larger event, please contact our Help Desk and we can help to provide you with the equipment you may need, such as higher quality projectors, or headphones and speakers. For more information on how to reserve hardware, read more here.
Requesting Equipment Not Available at the Weitzman School
David Weigel Information Commons has a number of resources available to Penn students, including: workshops, study spaces, and equipment rentals. Located on the first floor (west) of the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, the Commons supports collaborative learning and group activities using the latest technologies. Read more about the services offered at the Weigle Information Commons here.
Weitzman School ITS provides limited support for audio and video equipment for major Weitzman School events and lecture series.
We are available, following an approved request, to provide setup and limited support for events and lecture series. All major Weitzman School events must be scheduled with your department coordinator, via our SmartSheet system.