Student Resources

    Computer and Technology Support

  • Contact

    WFU Information Systems
    is.wfu.edu/costumer/student

    AskDeac Help Portal – Explore the Knowledge Base for help articles and submit tickets for Service Desk technicians. 

    Live Chat – Get help fast with LiveChat, available Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

    Service Desk representatives are also available on email (help@wfu.edu) and via phone (336)-758-3822. 

    Students with questions directly related to Canvas, call our 24/7 WFU-dedicated Canvas support line at 833-383-5792 or chat them directly by logging in to Canvas, selecting the Help icon on the Canvas Menu and “Chat with Canvas Support.”

  • Without a Textbook?
  • Without Broadband Access/Laptop

    For students who lack broadband access or are without their laptop due to repairs or other reasons, please reach out to the IS Service Desk by submitting a ticket, emailing help@wfu.edu, or calling 336-758-4357 to request a hotspot or loaner laptop. Please be sure to include your phone number and shipping address to expedite processing.

    Additionally, Charter Communications is offering free broadband internet to student households who do not already already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Information here.

  • When to VPN

    Virtual Private Network software, commonly referred to as VPN, protects users on unsecure networks by encrypting data communicated over the Internet. There is no need to log into VPN when accessing cloud-based services such as Canvas, Gmail and GSuite, Webex, WIN, Zoom, etc. 

  • Training

    To learn more about any of the resources available to you, visit the related IS service pages, check out the PDC to see if there are any upcoming workshops or classes for these technologies, and search LinkedIn Learning to see what online training is available for each tool.

  • Computer Repair

    Away from campus and need your WakeWare computer repaired? Visit WakeWare.wfu.edu to find out what coverage your WakeWare laptop is bundled with, how to submit a claim online, and ask questions by emailing WakeWare@wfu.edu

    ZSR

  • Access

    Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library will be closed to all visitors, including WFU students, faculty, and staff, as of 5 p.m., Friday, March 20.

    While ZSR will be closed, our services and support will continue. If you have any questions, please email askzsr@wfu.edu or call 336-758-4931.

  • Research Help
    • If you are doing a research paper and need help getting started, finding sources, or doing your citations, ZSR subject librarians are available to help you remotely. 
    • Go to zsr.wfu.edu/research/librarians to find your librarian and email them (link to email is in the profile box that pops up when you click on a subject) to get the process started. Lots of help can be provided via email, but we can also chat or video conference with you if needed.
  • Library Materials
    • ZSR is working hard to get our faculty and students the materials they need for their classes and research but with many libraries closed across the country, getting materials via Interlibrary Loan may prove more difficult. We appreciate your patience and flexibility. 
    • Please remember that we have large online collections of books, journals, and primary sources that you can find from the search box on the ZSR Homepage. If you need assistance finding electronic materials, contact your subject librarian and they can assist. 
    • If the materials you need are in our Specials Collections and Archives, please see their update on access and contact information. 
    • While not ideal, it might also be possible to buy or rent books that you need off Amazon or other online service. This would be a last resort, but do keep that in mind should you need it. And be sure to double-check with your faculty about any course material needs. They may already be planning to digitize textbooks and other course materials.
  • Library Overdues and Fines

    ZSR Library will not be placing holds on student records, or assessing overdue fines due to overdue library items so don’t worry about that if you have items checked out on your account. Even if you get an email noting that an item is overdue, you can rest assured that we don’t need the item back immediately. More communication will be coming later in the semester about returning items, etc.

  • Writing Center

    The WFU Writing Center will be holding remote appointments for students. Check their scheduling page for updates.

  • The Bridge

    Students who need computer support should contact the IS Help Desk remotely.

Additional Resources and Tips

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Keep Writing and Learning: Designing Your Online Academic Life
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Adjusting your study habits during COVID
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