In addition to totally online courses, DePaul supports academics via Desire 2 Learn (D2L), a learning management system selected after a faculty-led review process. Learning management systems allow faculty to create Web applications to support their courses.
The electronic collections at DePaul’s libraries include more than 250 research databases, 48,000 full-text journals, more than 52,000 electronic books and more than 73,000 digital images. The online catalog, I-Share, provides access to library collections at DePaul and 75 other academic institutions in Illinois. The libraries also offer an electronic reserve service that provides online access to course readings and the “Ask a Librarian” reference service for those who need assistance with research via email or instant messaging.
Technology on Campus
DePaul has placed more than 5,300 computers on campus, including more than 270 in classrooms and more than 1,750 PCs in computer labs. There are about 25,000 student, faculty and staff computer users at DePaul connected via a network of more than 29,000 wired ports and 500 wireless hot spots.
Since 2010, DePaul’s Information Services (I.S.) printed more than 17,000 identification cards, served more than 3,300 student requests through its Genius Squad and fixed more than 41,000 help desk issues.
The DePaul community collectively swiped their DePaul ID cards more than 10 million times last year to access physical spaces, purchase goods and services and attend events.
DePaul manages more than 9,500 phones across its six campuses and places more than 3.5 million calls per year from its telecommunications network.
Of the 180,000-plus emails DePaul receives daily from outside the university, more than 139,000 are filtered out for spam or viruses.
DePaul manages more than 178 terabytes of centralized data storage, which if printed would be the equivalent of about 18 Libraries of Congress or roughly 8.9 million trees. It is anticipated that storage will continue to rapidly increase in the coming years..
DePaul’s primary Internet connection consists of a 200-megabits-per-second link, which is the equivalent of approximately 133 T-1 lines. DePaul’s multiple campuses are primarily linked via gigabit Ethernet (1,000 megabits per second) in a ring configuration, providing swift transfer of large amounts of data between campuses and redundancy in the event of a circuit failure at any location.
DePaul manages more than 18 miles of fiber-optic cable between its main campuses. These cables are capable of supporting up to 8,000 gigabits per second of data.
DePaul is a participating member of the Internet2 initiative, the high-speed Internet network that connects educational and research facilities to exchange knowledge. DePaul is connected to Internet2 via a gigabit (1,000 megabits per second) link.
Wireless coverage is available across most of DePaul’s campuses. Hot spots are primarily located in DePaul’s academic buildings, libraries, study areas, lounges, recreation facilities and public gathering spaces. To check an up-to-date listing of locations, please visit http://wireless.depaul.edu. In 2011, 32,500 unique devices were registered to the wireless network.
Over the last decade, the university has redesigned business processes to offer students, faculty and staff a wider variety of real-time services on the Web, enabling them to conduct many transactions at any hour of the day from any computer with an Internet connection. These services include password-protected class registration, grades, tuition account information and payments, employee benefits information and enrollment, payroll information and a host of other data and services.
DePaul Information Services employs a technique called virtualization on servers to maximize their processing power, reducing the number of servers needed. As early at 2011, DePaul deployed more than 400 servers onto a platform consisting of 28 virtual servers, saving about $2 million on hardware that will never end up in a landfill and reducing energy consumption by an estimated 40 percent.
DePaul’s Document Services distributes across campus paper endorsed by the Rainforest Alliance, the Sustainable Forest Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council.
DePaul’s Distribution Services collects used printer/toner cartridges and works with an outside group that then recycles these items.