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Students

This page serves as a resource for GSAPP TAs to learn more about Hybrid Pedagogy, and for students to better understand the options you have to access software remotely.

Students can join Zoom meetings directly from your browser. Instructions regarding joining Zoom meetings can be found here (please be sure to login to the Columbia University Zoom portal, at https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us, not the generic Zoom).

To get started teaching online, please watch the Zoom and Courseworks TA Training Session video below produced by the GSAPP AV and Events team and download the GSAPP Zoom Training PDF Guide.

To learn more about software that is available for GSAPP students to install on your personal laptops, as well as other additional remote resources, please scroll below.



This introductory text provides a general information on hybrid & online teaching at GSAPP during the Fall 2020 semester. Please direct IT-related requests to askGSAPPIT@columbia.edu.

Software

Below is a list of software available to GSAPP students. For more information on Multi Factor Authentication/Duo, view this setup guide or scroll to the bottom of the page.
Application PC MAC Notes Additional Notes
3DsMax Download link No Mac Version Creation of an account with Autodesk necessary to verify student status before download.
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Download link Download link Click on “Sign In” on upper right-hand corner Download the GSAPP Adobe Creative Cloud Access Welcome Guide
ArcGIS Download link Download link Request must come from your GIS professor
Autocad Download link Download link Creation of an account with Autodesk necessary to verify student status before download. Select AutoCAD 2020
Diva for Rhino Download link Download link Request must be made directly to Solemma for a free educational license.
Enscape Requires Windows 7 64 Bit or higher Requires Windows installed via Bootcamp Free educational license available. Submit an online form to receive license information and a download link following approval. License must be renewed every 6 months. This add-on software is compatible with Autodesk Revit, SketchUp and Rhino.
Inventor Download link No Mac Version Creation of an account with Autodesk necessary to verify student status before download.
Maya Download link Select “Mac OS X” under Operating System Creation of an account with Autodesk necessary to verify student status before download. Select Maya 2019 Mac OS X
MS Office Suite Pro Plus (2019, PC) Download link Sign in with student UNI account and creation of Microsoft account required after downloading software from OntheHub
MS Office Suite Home & Business (2019, Mac) Download link Sign in with student UNI account and creation of Microsoft account required after downloading software from OntheHub
Qgis Download link Download link Scroll down for Mac OS
Revit Download link No Mac Version Creation of an account with Autodesk necessary to verify student status before download.
Revu Download link No Mac Version You can request a free educational license here Email Revu
Rhino Download link Download link 90 Day free trail Additional licenses beyond 90 days may be requested after the trial period has ended here
SketchUp Download link Download link 30 Day free trail. Create an account with SketchUp for a 30 Day Trial. Additional licenses beyond 30 days may be requested after the trial period has ended
V-Ray Collection Download link N/A 30 day free trial Additional licenses beyond 30 days may be requested after the trial period has ended here
Windows 10 Educational License Download link If you have Mac Computer you can install Windows Operating System via a built-in feature in MacOS called “BootCamp.” Instructions here. Sign in with student UNI account and creation of a Microsoft account required after downloading software from OntheHub. This a free download of Window OS Product key (included) for students only

Additional Resources

Multi Factor Authentication — Duo Setup Guide


Multi Factor Authentication is also known as MFA, two-factor authentication, TFA, Duo, and two-step verification. Two factor sign-in authentication is required before installing your VPN. Reference this documentation by CUIT.

About MFA

Multifactor authentication (MFA) uses multiple proofs of identity to ensure you are authorized to access the service or resource that you are requesting. These proofs include more than one of:

  • Something you know (a secret piece of information, such as a password)
  • Something you have (a token, card or device)
  • Something you are (a biometric measurement or representation)

Click the button below to read more or download the PDF guide.

CUIT uses Duo as the MFA service to verify your identity for Columbia’s centralized applications. With Duo, you can use a mobile app, a text message or a phone call to authenticate. Duo can be combined with other authentication factors like username and password authentication to create multi factor authentication. Most people use Duo via the mobile app, Duo Mobile, which runs on a variety of smartphones and tablets.

Duo MFA Setup
Interested? Click here to set up and test Duo MFA if you want to set it up now.

Duo MFA Installation and Training Videos
Watch these how-to videos to learn how to install and use Duo on your mobile device (iPhone and Android).

iPhone

Android

Access Columbia Systems Remotely

In order to use a VPN you must first configure DUO/MFA.

GSAPP Faculty and Students can use studio applications on the Columbia Network remotely using a VPN.

What is a VPN?

Virtual Private Network is a software that enables you to connect to the Columbia network remotely. It is the preferred and recommended software.

When do I use a VPN for GSAPP?
If you are remote and not connected to Columbia’s secure wired or secure wireless network and need to access applications with licensing bound to the campus network

How do I enable a VPN?
On your desktop/laptop computer (preferred), visit and log in to this site to download the desktop client. Next, follow our step-by-step VPN installation instructions.

For more detailed instructions and FAQs please visit CUIT’s Remote Access Services Page.

Software Configurations/Troubleshooting for Autodesk Applications

To use any Autodesk applications, you must first configure these two things: DUO/MFA through Columbia University’s website and VPN. Please do so in that order.

Open the “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” application.

Connect to the Columbia network via VPN.

Once you are connected, open AutoCAD.

A window titled “FlexNet License Finder” will appear and say it was not able to obtain a license. Select the option for “Specify the License Server System” and click “Next.”

Input: “licenseprdapp02.cuit.columbia.edu” and select “Next” (Do not include the quotation marks). It should accept it and allow you to exit by selecting “Finish.”

This will apply itself automatically to all of the other Autodesk applications.