Additional CoE guidance for students in response to COVID-19

With the transition to online education, students are expected to have access to internet. Contact your local internet provider if you are having issues. If this access is not available at your home, become familiar with your options to access this service near your home. These options might include working from the homes of local family, friends, or neighbors or working from coffee shops or libraries with WIFI.

ISU is offering Drive-up Wi-Fi outside Jack Trice Stadium.

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has a dedicated site with action items to shift courses online. This is your best resource in regards to online instruction. Please visit this site and explore all appropriate links to better understand how to make this transition.

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides information on how to access ISU technology resources remotely are detailed here:

To ensure the VPN (Cisco AnyConnect) is not overwhelmed, and to avoid unexpected access issues, please only use VPN when absolutely necessary. Applications like Email, Webex, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Teams, etc), CyBox and Jira can all be accessed through web applications in Okta, without the use of ISU’s VPN.

Conducting Classes Online


Instructors are recommended to post class materials on Canvas. This would include posting material such as PowerPoint slides, PDFs, and lecture recordings. Using Canvas allows you to access materials 24/7 and is expected to minimize the bandwidth strain that a live broadcast would place on the network.

While Canvas is being recommended, instructors may choose an alternative method for content delivery. In that case, the instructor will provide detailed information to access the online materials.

Engineering Computer Labs

We have now enabled access to engineering computer labs across campus through VMware Horizon Client (VDI). When connected to, use ENGR Computer Labs to be connected to one of the workstations in Hoover 2255, 2260, 2264, or 2268. Other departments have enabled their computer labs too. You will see their labs listed when you log in to if you have been granted access. Follow this guide to get started:

If you are enrolled in ECpE courses you have the additional option of accessing VDI sessions designed for use in the EE and CPRE disciplines (“EE Windows VDI” and “CPRE Windows VDI”, respectively).  These can be accessed by logging into the server from the VMware Horizon client.  Full instructions for accessing these resources are available at .  If you experience any issues in accessing these VDI Pools, please email for assistance.


When on campus printing is needed, utilize the options below.

Mobility Print

Mobility Print by PaperCut is the new tool for printing from your personal devices. It allows for secure printing to campus printers through the PaperCut application and uses the same print credits as printing from a lab computer.

For installation instructions:

Locations with Mobility Print:
Black 0020 (In Hallway)
Coover 1331 (In Hallway)
Coover 2018 (In Hallway)
Hoover 2260 (Open 7am-6pm M-Th) *uses your ISU ID Card to release prints
Howe Atrium
Howe 2nd Floor near Airplane

Printing Services – Student Innovation Center

  • Engineering Students can submits print jobs on Printing Services website
  • Indicate “CoE Student Printing” in the “Order Name” field. 
    • Please select Standard Production Time under Production Schedule options.
    • Select Student Innovation Center under the Preferred CSR field to have this job printed at the SICTR.
    • Under Payment Information select CASH/CREDIT and then enter ENGR Student Printing for the ISU Business Purpose.
    • Please select I Will Pick Up and Student Innovation Center under Shipping Information

University Library

Fee-based laser printing is available in all ISU Library facilities, via the campus-wide PaperCut system. Print jobs can be routed to either a networked laser printer or a networked photocopier. The general public may use a networked photocopier and pay with cash.

More information can be found here:

Engineering Software on personal computers

A number of engineering software titles are available for you to use on personal computers. Check out the list at:


Solidworks can be installed on your personal computer. Please follow this guide to install. Note: Solidworks requires VPN access to validate license. You may ‘check out’ a license using this guide. Once the license is checked out VPN is no longer required.


Matlab can be installed on your personal computer or run in your web browser.

Download Matlab via the ISU MathWorks/UW Portal:

MATLAB Online –
MATLAB Drive –
MATLAB Mobile –
MATLAB Grader –


Labview can be installed on your personal computer. This is the recommended method as it reduces strain on the ISU network. Please follow this guide to install.

Virtual Desktop

There is virtual Linux VDI pool available to all engineering students by logging into from within the VMware Horizon Client.  Full access instructions are available at .  If you have any difficulty accessing this resource, please email with details.

Department Resources

Please reach out to your departmental IT for guidance on specialized software access. Some departments are making lab computers available remotely (VPN required).