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This page provides consolidated information and advice for School of Architecture students on the tools and methods available to continue their learning  remotely during the pandemic.

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Blackboard

Blackboard Learn  is the recommended learning management system by Syracuse University. Almost all courses use Blackboard.

Note:  Please review the guide below.

Zoom & Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (integrated with Blackboard) are the two popular web conference tools used by many at Syracuse University. Please ask your professor which platform they are using for your class.

Note:   Please review the guides below.

Conceptboard

Conceptboard is a virtual whiteboard tookit. It is the recommended online visual collaboration platform by the School of Architecture. Conceptboard allows students and faculty to mark up files, participate in online pin-ups and reviews, and collaborate on design. It can be used for project brain storming and for conducting design workshops. The platform's collaboration features include live pointers, a moderator mode, and allow users to easily share boards with external guests and critics. This platform also features over 100 templates to kickstart the collaborative process.

Architecture Software Access 

To help with continuing your course work and projects, many Architecture software programs in the labs are available for installation on your own computer as needed. Please review the list below on how to access particular software.

Please see the  hardware   page for detailed computer recommendations.
To use V-Ray with Rhino on your computer, make sure you first have the VPN running (Windows or Mac), as V-Ray can’t reach the campus license server without the VPN. 

Product

Where to obtain

Platform

Cost

Adobe Creative Cloudhttps://answers.syr.edu/x/yiLfBgWin/MacFree
ArcGIS Desktop & ProE-mail us at archit@syr.edu.WinFree
Autodesk (AutoCAD Architecture, Maya, Revit, etc.)http://www.autodesk.com/education/homeVariesFree
Cinema 4Dhttps://www.maxon.net/en-us/learn/educational-licenses/Win/Mac$3
Climate Consultanthttp://www.energy-design-tools.aud.ucla.edu/climate-consultant/request-climate-consultant.phpWinFree
ClimateStudio for Rhinohttps://answers.syr.edu/x/0IgUBwWinFree

DIVA for Rhino

https://www.solemma.com/Buy-Edu-Lic-40.htmlWinFree
EnergyPlushttps://energyplus.net/Win/MacFree
Grasshopper for RhinoRhino 6: included
Rhino 5: free download from https://www.grasshopper3d.com/page/download-1
WinFree
Lumionhttps://lumion.com/studentsusa.htmlWinFree
Microsoft Officehttps://answers.syr.edu/display/software/Office+365+ProPlusWin/MacFree
OpenStudiohttps://www.openstudio.net/Win/MacFree
Processinghttps://processing.org/download/Win/MacFree
QGIShttps://qgis.org/en/site/Win/MacFree
Rhino 6https://bookweb.syr.edu/ePOS?form=shared3/gm/detail.html&item_number=W50803&cat=1128&store=1&design=1Win$99
Rhino pluginsAll free: Paneling ToolsSection ToolsWeaverbirdFireflyHoneybee+Ladybug, Kangaroo, Human+TreefrogTT ToolboxUMIWinFree
Unityhttps://store.unity.com/academic/unity-studentWin/MacFree
Unreal Enginehttps://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/studentsWin/MacFree
V-Ray for RhinoDownload from the G drive using VPN (Windows or Mac) (G:\Student Resources\Software). WinFree
V-Ray MaterialsDownload from the G drive using VPN (Windows or Mac) (G:\Student Resources\Software). WinFree

RemoteLab

The RemoteLab service offers Architecture students access to lab computers in Slocum from any location on or off campus via an Internet connection. Remoting into the lab computer is like sitting in front of it even though you are at a different location. You will have access to all the Architecture lab software.

Digital Tools

Product

Purpose

Platform

Audience

Campus Supported

Guide

ZoomWeb conferencing, screen sharingDesktop AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu )YESHow-to
Collaborate UltraWeb conferencing, screen sharingWeb AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu )YESHow-to
Microsoft TeamsWeb conferencing, screen sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
Adobe Acrobat Pro DCView, edit, annotate PDFsDesktop AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
ConceptboardVisual CollaborationWeb AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
Google SuiteOnline ProductivityWeb AppCampus (NetID@g.syr.edu)YESHow-to
Google DriveFile-sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@g.syr.edu)YESHow-to
One DriveFile-sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
KalturaVideo PlatformDesktop/Web AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)YESHow-to
Premier RushVideo EditingDesktop AppCampus (NetID@syr.edu)NOHow-to
OBS StudioVideo StreamingDesktop App
NOHow-to
WetransferFile-sharingWeb App
NOHow-to
Modelo3D Model CollaborationWeb App
NOHow-to

Technology Support

For everyone's safety, we will providing IT support as follows:

  • Submit all requests/emergencies via email to Architecture IT support at archit@syr.edu.
  • We will coordinate with you to provide remote support or make equipment drop-off arrangements.
  • If your issue is urgent, please check your email frequently for our reply.
  • We are not providing walk up service or answering office door knocks during this time.

Online learning is dependent on individual computer set up, speed of one’s internet connection and location. Wherever possible, students are advised to use a stable, high-speed internet connection.

Students on financial aid who need to purchase computers for remote access because they do not have one may submit a Financial Aid Appeal to cover this cost. Contact KC Woods, associate director of financial aid, at  kcwoods@syr.edu  or 315.443.1513 if you have questions. Additional funds for Fall 2020 may be available by filling out a Syracuse Responds Application.

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