Beginning Fall 2015, the college will return to a pay-to-print system in computer labs. GoPrint, a print management system, has recently been purchased for this purpose. GoPrint will enable the college to reduce paper waste and promote a more sustainable green printing environment while helping to recover escalating printing costs. More information is forthcoming, and will be available prior to fall term.
As always, please consider the options below to save money and conserve college printing resources:
TIPS FOR STUDENTS TO USE PRINTING RESOURCES WISELY
Avoid printing entirely
- Store your documents on a thumb drive to avoid paper usage.
- Attach them into an email and send to yourself for later.
- Print to PDF and join the "Paperless" revolution! There are free PDF writers available that would allow you to “print” to a PDF file which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader program. (You can download CutePDF at http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/Writer.asp and Adobe Reader at http://get.adobe.com/reader).
If you do print
- Think before you print. Is this printout really needed? Also, proof your paper for errors before you print it.
- Use a smaller sized font. Smaller text will often reduce the document size, saving paper, forests, and the world!
- Print only the pages that you immediately need. Type in a range of page numbers you want to print, or select an area on a Web site that you want to print, and then launch the print dialog box.
- Print multiple pages on one sheet of paper. Tip: Choose "Handouts" and the number of slides when printing in PowerPoint, or choose 2 pages per sheet when printing Word documents.
If you’re not sure how to do these things, or need some help, just ask the Computer Lab staff!
TIPS FOR INSTRUCTORS TO REDUCE PRINTING
We know that there a times where nothing but a print out will do, but there are many options for electronic file sharing and transfer. We’d like to start moving to paperless methods of dealing with student papers and assignments, and we need your help.
- Allow students to turn in homework in electronic format
With all the editing and review capabilities available to us today, it is possible to make corrections and comments on student work electronically. Since most documents that students hand in are created in a variant of Office, you can comment the document using the “Review” tab and save your changes, as well as using a simple text box to make comments or post the grade on the paper. Then you have your choice of how to hand back the assignment, email, and Moodle all have this capability or you can print them out using your department or office printer and save the cost to the student.
- Utilize the tools you already have
We have a few e-learning options and a network dropbox available for students to both pick up data and turn in assignments. If you haven’t tried any of these options before, they are something to consider. You can also make lecture notes, presentation slides, etc, available for them to download electronically. For information regarding these options, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Moodle support, or contact any Computer Lab Specialist for the network dropbox information.
- Direct students to download your syllabus from your instructor website rather than printing it as a handout
If you post your syllabus on your instructor website, students can download and save an electronic copy to their USB jump drive, or email it to themselves as a way of keeping it accessible where ever they may be.
- Use Printing Services
Rather than expecting students to print out large documents that are required for classes, consider using printing services.
- “Print” your notes, lectures, and slides using a PDF writer
There are free PDF writers available that would allow you to “print” to a PDF which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader program. This would allow students to save your file to their USB jump drive, reduce printing, and address the fact that not all students have Microsoft Office at home.
- Be willing to accept black and white “proofs”
While some assignments definitely require color, printing them out in color may not be necessary. If you require a print out, think about whether a black and white “proof” would suffice and have the students turn in an electronic copy so you can still evaluate their color copy.
- Don’t require a students to make multiple copies of a article/report/outline for all other students in the class
There may be some cases where this is a valid requirement (peer assessments or grading) but having copies made for every student in a class other than this could be an unnecessary waste of paper and ink.
Information and instructions for creating a GoPrint account will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or problems related to creating an account, logging in, or printing in any LBCC Computer Lab, contact the Computer Lab staff for help.
We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. Through your use of the GoPrint payment processing system, we may collect personally identifiable information when you visit our site. We also automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information and the page(s) you visited. We will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone.
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