TLC: Northern's Technology Program

Academic Information Services/Academic Computing Office

Address: 116 Learning Resources Center
Phone: 906-227-2468
Web page:

Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC)

All full-time NMU undergraduate students (registered for 12 or more credit hours) are supplied with a mobile device with a standard set of applications, including Microsoft Office, and 24-hour local access to the campus network (including the Internet) as part of tuition and fees. Art and design majors will be issued an Apple® notebook computer for an additional fee of $200 per semester.

The TLC program, which earned Northern Michigan University international recognition as a Laureate recipient in Computerworld’s Honors Program, includes these comprehensive features:

  • Classrooms in new/remodeled buildings are designed to facilitate mobile device/network use by faculty and students. Most classrooms have wireless access to the network, and if not, a network port at every seat.
  •  Wireless access is available in all residence hall rooms, the library and in numerous lounges, study rooms and public places around campus. Although electronic documents are encouraged, networked printers are installed in various campus locations for hard copy documents.
  • The university has a help desk and walk-in service center located at 116 Learning Resources Center to handle device maintenance and university-supported software questions and problems. Phone: 906-227-2468, e-mail:
  • NMU leases the devices and issues them to students on a replacement cycle. There is a $500 fee that the student will be responsible for if the mobile device is stolen, and a $50 fee for each work order if the device is subjected to “abnormal abuse” (spilling a beverage on the keyboard, dropping the device, etc.). It is recommended that an insurance provider be contacted to either obtain additional coverage or add the device to an existing policy.
  • Continuing students who pre-register for the following fall are able to use the mobile device through the summer at no additional charge.

What To Expect

A few weeks before your first semester begins, new students will receive a Teaching, Learning and Communication Initiative information mailing. The mailing will include an agreement along with information on the assigned day, time and place to pick up the mobile device. Distribution will begin within five days of the beginning of the semester.

At the distribution, a variety of mobile device setup and training options will be available. There will also be accessories available from the NMU Bookstore. The NMU Bookstore offers inexpensive printers, drives for backup and storage, bags and cabling to support the mobile device.