CRIT offers numerous services exclusively for SAIC faculty members. All faculty members are encouraged to become familiar with resources, equipment, and facilities before use in classroom or teaching environments. CRIT's Instructional Resource Coordinator can assist any faculty seeking orientation or assistance with CRIT facilities, policies, or procedures.
Classroom Computer Hardware
In computer classrooms and labs, the majority of desktop workstations are Apple Intel Mac Pro and iMac computers that include the latest software from Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Ashlar-Vellum, Autodesk, and others. These state-of-the-art facilities enable you to work in a wide range of disciplines, including digital image manipulation, illustration, 2D design and layout, Web authoring, interactive multimedia, 3D and architectural rendering and fabrication, 2D and 3D animation, video, film and sound, and application development.
Please encourage students to save save files to a separate disk (i.e. USB thumb drive, external hard drive, iPod, CD or DVD) before leaving class. Files left on the desktop may be deleted or modified by other students using the classroom. Hard drives in computer classrooms are periodically erased for maintenance and updates to the software template.
If you have problems with workstations or the teaching station, please call the CRIT Help Desk at 5-3535 from the phone in your classroom. Or you can dial 312-345-3535 from your cell phone.
Problems with the projector, media equipment or other facilities issues should be addressed to the Smartroom Helpline at 9-IRFM (9-4736).
Faculty may check out Mac laptops from the Media Centers in each academic building. Laptops are available for 7-day checkout for off-campus use, and for one-day checkout for use in classrooms.
KeyServer and Portable Key Access for Faculty
To give you an opportunity to learn the latest software installed on campus, the CRIT Department provides a DVD that contains KeyServed installers for SAIC’s current software programs. This allows you to install the programs at home while still using licenses owned by the School of the Art Institute.
Please note that after installing the software, you will need to activate it by connecting to the SAIC KeyServer via a broadband or dial-up Internet connection.
You can check-out the Portable Key DVD at the General Access Lab in MC 901 (112 S. Michigan).
Learn more about Portable Key Software here.