“To [Department Name] Faculty Members:
Because our department participates in the MSDN Academic Alliance, every student registered to take a class in [Department Name] is eligible to download all software made available through our department’s membership in the MSDN AA for use on his or her personal computer. (As a faculty member you may also download MSDN AA software onto your personal computer.) Your students are allowed use of the MSDN AA professional-level software and tools not only for their in-class learning in our department, but for coursework in other departments, and extracurricular/independent-study (non-commercial) projects as well.
Students can get the software from the [Department Name]
ELMS download center. They’ll also have access to the powerful online training resources available through Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass
to help them get the most out of their use of the software. If you’d like to see a full list of the software available to you and your students through the MSDN AA program software you can go to: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/bb250616.aspx ??correct link??
Complete instructions on downloading MSDN AA software are available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/aa948864.aspx
To begin the process of getting your students signed up to use MSDN AA software, you need to gather student identities (student name and school email address) and have your Program Administrator upload them to the ELMS system. (You will need to gather and upload your student mailing lists for your courses at the start of each term.) Once the student identities are entered into ELMS, each student will receive an email from e-academy with his/her username and password, along with the link to your department’s MSDN AA-ELMS software download center. (They will obtain software and product keys through the ELMS download center.) If they accidentally delete the email with their password you can instruct them to click on ’Forgotten Password’ on the download center login page to have another sent to them.
Note: you should instruct your students to use their school email address as their username.
All software packages available to your students through MSDN AA will be displayed on your department’s download center page. On your download center page you will see icons for many of the packages available for download. It is important to note that you will not see an icon for every available software package. A pull-down menu on this page contains the complete list of software packages available for download.
To view the product description for a specific software package, your students can simply click on the icon (or product title listed in the pull-down menu) for the software package they are interested in. This will take them to a screen that contains the description for the software title selected, and a button for requesting a download.
When a student requests a software package to download, he/she will have two options – 1) Instantly download the software for no cost OR 2) Request a physical copy of the software media be mailed to him/her for a nominal shipping and handling fee.
You should also make your students aware that most software package downloads will require them to download an ISO file which they will need to burn to a CD or a DVD in order to install it onto their computer. By looking at the file name they will be able to determine the type of media that they will need to use (the file will include either “CD” or “DVD” as part of its name.) However, with some software package downloads they will receive an executable file that can be downloaded and installed immediately.