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Find out about computer access, help guides, wifi setup, student portal and internet safety

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Guide editor: Sandra Duffy - Wollongong Library. Phone: 4229 0464
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Student Use Computers in Libraries

All computers have a standard set of software with Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016 & Internet Explorer 11.

For more information on specific software availability, or to make a booking, simply contact your local library.

If you experience any issues with the computers, library staff will usually be able to assist with common software problems. You can also try our Computer help guides

Access to Printing and Photocopying

You will need your TAFEcard to access and pay for printing and photocopying in campus libraries.

Standard charges apply at all libraries:
  
Black and white (A4 - 15 cents or A3 -  27 cents) per single-sided page or 
Colour
(A4 - $1.00 or A3 - $2.00) per single-sided page.

Printing help guides

About your TAFE Username and password

In order to access the internet from campus computers, you must use your TAFE username and password. These are usually provided when you enrol. Customer Service Centre staff or Campus Library staff can assist you if you do not have this information. 

Students must abide by the library computers and internet conditions of use.

Your TAFE user name and password provides access to:

  • The internet on campus - needed to access the Wi-Fi from your laptop, tablet or phone.
  • Library eResources - eBooks, eVideos, databases and more
  • Your TAFE student record
  • Your TAFE student email account
Find out more about the TAFE Student Portal here.  
More information: Guide to using the Student Portal
  Use of TAFE NSW Internet and Intranet Services

  Wi-Fi Access Guides

Do you want to BYOD? (Bring Your Own Device)

TAFE NSW students & staff must manually configure your device first (see brief guides below) and use your current TAFE username and password.

Note: Some social media chat apps are blocked from the TAFENSW Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi access setup guides and tutorials are available on the TAFE NSW Wireless Information Portal 

Please read the Disclaimer message below.

Wi-Fi Services - Disclaimer

Disclaimer: TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure that its network environment is safe and secure, but takes no responsibility for the configuration or security of privately owned devices. Staff and students of TAFE NSW who use privately owned devices to access the TAFE network do so at their own risk.
Please note: the TAFENSW wireless network is not available to the general public.

Software for Home Use - Current TAFE Students

Students

Microsoft Office 365 is now available free to current TAFE NSW students. It includes online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. Before signing up, please read the Microsoft Office 365 - Frequently Asked Questions 

To sign up you will need to use your TAFE NSW email account. This is available in your TAFE Student Portal account. If you do not know how to access your Portal and email account, contact your local TAFE Illawarra campus office or library to obtain your Student Portal username. Log in to your Student Portal account and access your TAFE email account. Take note of the full address - it will be in the format: firstname.lastname@tafensw.net.au

When you have your TAFE email address, please visit the Microsoft Office 365 for Students site .

  • Click on Get Started and enter your TAFE email address in the Sign Up box.
  • A message will ask you to check your TAFE NSW email account for a confirmation email.
  • Check your TAFE student email account in the Student Portal.  An email from Microsoft will include further instructions.

Please note: Library staff are not able to help you with the download and installation of Microsoft Office 365. Although this is a free product, you may incur download costs.

Google Docs is is a free Web-based application in which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited and stored online. Files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and a full-featured Web browser. You will have to use your Google account or create one.

Visit the Google Docs website for more information  Always read the Terms and Conditions

LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. It is fully compatible with MS Office so you can both open and save in the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint formats. You download this free software to your computer or device.

Visit the LibreOffice website for more information.  Always read the Terms and Conditions.

lynda.com - Online training

lynda.com is an extensive library of video tutorials that can help TAFE Illawarra students and staff learn software, creative and business skills.

 

Access: You will need your TAFE username and password to log in to lynda.com

  • TAFE Illawarra students - access lynda.com via the Student Portal - My Learning
  • TAFE Illawarra staff - access lynda.com via the Staff Portal - My Learning Tools

For help with using lynda.com for your personal development or with integrating it into your units/courses (teachers), please refer to the lynda.com online training guide or contact your local Campus Library