INLS161-001 Spring 2021
INLS161-001 Class Tools
As stated by the IT staff at SILS:
Windows is the current standard as a platform,
but alternatives, such as Macs, are widely used and accepted on campus.
We encourage you to choose the operating system with which you are most comfortable.
Accordingly, the instructor will generally use computer using the Window OS (Operating System) during lectures.
On occasion, the interface in Windows will not match the interface in a Mac.
While we will try to have examples for all operating systems, it will be useful if, when you find that the Mac view is different,
that you take a screenshot of the Mac environment and send it to the instructor.
The instructor will ensure that the Mac screenshot is integrated into the class pages pertaining to the situation in which the screenshot was taken.
Macs will work easily for everything we will do in INLS161,
though during your student career you may find a need to be able to use a Windows tool in a Mac.
You may wish to look into using Bootcamp to install both Windows and IOS on your Mac for those situations.
Again from the IT staff at SILS:
Mac users can install Windows virtualization software
in order to run Windows-only programs on their computers.
Using virtualization software, students can install a Windows operating system on their Mac and then install the necessary Windows applications.
It is expected that students will have virtualization software installed before it is needed in classes.
Please note that the process of installing virtualization software and applications can take several hours.
You do, however, have other options if you need special software in classes beyond INLS161
Remote desktop assistance
The best alternative is ITS' Virtual Labs, which advertises
Students are no longer confined to physical computers located on campus to access applications that are needed for classes.
Applications are now available virtually in the Virtual Lab (VL) through Citrix receiver software that is installed on their device.
VL is an on-demand application delivery solution.
This solution enables applications to be instantly delivered as a service to users via computer or mobile devices connected to a network from any location, on or off-campus.
This approach gives students flexibility and independence in how and where they work.
Each VL session provides access to applications, shared files, network and USB printers, and CCI printing.
The applications are University-licensed using Windows, Microsoft, Linux, Unix, iOS, and Android client platforms.
Access to VL is available 24/7 and open to all Carolina faculty, staff, and students who have a UNC-Chapel Hill Onyen.
Advice from the IT staff at SILS