About MSDN Academic Alliance
What is the MSDN AA program and why should your institution enroll?
Employers demand that the college graduates they hire posses the latest technical skills; these skills have become a key component of a student’s education and are crucial to career development in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. Students whose education includes training and hands-on experience using the latest software and tools will be entering enter today’s highly competitive job market with a distinct advantage over other job applicants without such experience.
We’ve not only made it easier for educational communities to put technology directly into the hands of those teaching and learning. Through programs like Microsoft IT Academy, DreamSpark and Faculty Connection, Microsoft has established a valuable set of programs and resources for the educational community designed to complement the benefits of the MSDN Academic Alliance and help train educators and students in the use of the powerful professional tools available to them through MSDN AA.
Get your students and faculty the software that they need to succeed
Microsoft® Presents the MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) Program
The professional-level developer and designer software and tools that are available through the MSDN Academic Alliance not only enhances a student’s educational experience, it also gives them a head start on their professional careers by helping familiarize them with the tools and practices they will need to use once they seek employment. Your educational institution will add value to its educational programs by making MSDN AA software and tools available to all eligible students and faculty.
Membership in the MSDN AA program provides annual subscriptions for school and academic departments teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Visualization, Illustration, Design and Art (VIDA) disciplines with the goal of making is easier and less expensive for students and faculty to obtain the latest Microsoft professional-level Microsoft developer tools, platforms and servers for instructional and research purposes. Students pursuing studies in technology and design disciplines are able to learn and become proficient working with the latest technology and will gain knowledge that will help them ultimately achieve success in the global market place.
Additionally, the MSDN AA program is structured in a way to help bring together educators from around the world, and encourage them to become part of a strong community within which they are able to exchange ideas and experiences, and share curriculum and other valuable learning resources necessary to help them make the most of the use of these technologies in their teaching.
Note: A membership held previously under the MSDN AA is now referred to as a Developer Academic Alliance (Developer AA) Membership. The benefits under a Developer AA membership – including product inventory and STEM usage rights – remain exactly the same as it was under the former MSDN AA program. If you had a current membership under the previous MSDN AA program you now have a Developer AA subscription.
MSDN AA licenses are issued on a per-department basis and ANY student registered to take a course in a member department is eligible to install all MSDN AA software on their personal computer for non-commercial use. The software they obtain does not have to be used/needed for a course. Students do not have to take out the software when they complete the course or even when they graduate. The software can also be loaded on an unlimited number of instructional and research computers in the member department.
Eligibility: Students enrolled in courses offered through participating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Design) and VIDA (Visualization, Illustration, Design, and Art) departments are eligible.
Students: Students must be taking at least one credit course offered by the member department in order be eligible to install the software on their personal machines for use in coursework as well as for out-of-class self study and personal development projects. The software a student downloads does not need to be used in the STEM or VIDA class in which they are enrolled.
Computers: An MSDN AA subscription that gives your department access to the latest Microsoft platform, servers, and developer tools software. You can install the software on an unlimited number of departmental lab machines as well as on the personal computers of all eligible students, faculty, and staff in your department.
Uses: Software acquired through your MSDN AA program membership may ONLY be used for non-commercial learning, instructional and research purposes.
Restrictions: The Software acquired through your MSDN AA program membership may NOT be used for commercial purposes, or to develop and maintain your own administrative or IT systems. View the terms of the Microsoft Software Supplemental License Agreement (EULA)
Department sign-up: You can register your eligible academic department online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/academic/program/
3-year membership is $1,025
and 1-year membership is $499
Software distribution: Once your department registers for an MSDN AA membership at http://msdnaa.net, your students and faculty will be given access to a download site (ELMS) and will be able to download software and product keys from a cloud hosted site.
Software included in the MSDN AA program:
Non-developer tool products such as Microsoft Office® and Microsoft Games® are NOT included in MSDN AA program subscriptions.
- Visual Studio 2008, 2005, 2003 [Professional, VSTS, VSTO, Development languages and tools]
- XNA Game Studio 3.0 with 12 month free membership to XNA Creators Club Academic Membership
- Robotics Developer Studio 2008 Academic Edition
- Expression Tools [Studio, Expression Web, Blend, and Media]
- Operating Systems & SDKs [Windows Vista Business, XP Pro, Compute Cluster, Platform SDKs, DX]
- Enterprise Servers [Windows Server 2008/3 (32 & 64-bit), SQL Server 2008/5 (32 & 64-bit), SharePoint Portal Server, Exchange Server, BI Tools, BizTalk, etc.]
- Applications [Microsoft Project Pro 2007, Project Server 2007, Visio Standard & Pro 2007, Groove 2007 and Groove Server 2007, MapPoint, SharePoint Portal, Virtual Server, etc.]
- IT Academy Student Pass Trainings
- MSDN Library
Microsoft’s global commitment to education reaches far beyond simply providing software. In addition to working with academic institutions to bring professional developer software into the hands of educators and students, Microsoft has developed an extensive collection of resources and programs designed to encourage students to strive to meet their full potential, and to help them connect with potential employers.
- Access to FREE e-Learning courses: The Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass is a special no-cost online learning opportunity for verified university students pursuing technical studies. Students interested in extending their IT or developer skills with Microsoft technologies or wanting to explore the possibility of getting a Microsoft technical certification can take advantage of the free e-learning courses available through IT Academy Student Pass. You can read more about IT Academy Student Pass at http://www.microsoft.com/education/MSITAcademy/itastudentpass.mspx
- Support: To receive support related to technical questions you have related to Microsoft technologies go to http://support.microsoft.com/ and/or at Microsoft Technical Communities at http://www.microsoft.com/communities
- Test knowledge: Imagine Cup (http://imaginecup.com/) is the world’s premier student technology competition. Your students can test their knowledge, improve their project skills, and enhance their resume by participating in the Imagine Cup competition.
- FREE access to the E-Reference Libraries from Microsoft Press: The Microsoft IT Academy Program is pleased to sponsor a limited number of 6-month subscriptions to the IT Professional and Developer E-Reference Libraries. These subscriptions are now offered free of charge to participants registered in certain Imagine Cup categories of competition. Subscriptions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. at http://imaginecup.com/Competition/LearningResourcesOverview.aspx
- Connection to Jobs, internships, and additional career resources: The Students to Business (S2B) program is a Microsoft® community initiative designed to connect Microsoft partners and customers with qualified students seeking entry-level and internship positions, and provides students with valuable career resources. http://www.microsoft.com/studentstobusiness/
- Entrepreneurship resources: Students and professionals interested in starting their own business can find information and assistance at http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/ and http://www.microsoftstartupzone.com/bizspark
The MSDN Academic Alliance (http://msdnaa.net) is an annual membership program through which Microsoft works in close cooperation with universities around the world to put Microsoft software and tools in the hands of students and faculty involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Design) or VIDA (Visualization, Illustration, Design, and Art) disciplines. The tools and software offered through the MSDN AA program are for distribution and use by students, faculty and staff for in-class instruction, research, and by students for individual-study and out-of-class projects (non-commercial use only).
- Any student registered to take a class in a member STEM or VIDA department is eligible to have access to ALL of the MSDN AA software and tools.
- Non-STEM or VIDA majors taking STEM and/or VIDA courses The student does NOT need to be a major in the STEM or VIDA department; he or she need only be registered in at least one credit class offered by the member department. MSDN AA software does NOT need to be used in the specific class in which the student is registered.
- Example: The Wayne State University Computer Science program offers CSC 1000 - Introduction to Computer Science, a course for non-computer science majors. This course teaches introductory computer concepts and desktop office applications, and is taken by non-cs students at Wayne State to satisfy their Computer Literacy requirement. In fall 2008 there were 15 sections of this course offered, and in this scenario ALL students that were enrolled in CSC 1000 were eligible to get ALL MSDN AA software. http://www.cs.wayne.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=19&id=65&Itemid=55
- STEM or VIDA majors taking Non-STEM or Non-VIDA courses
- Example: A Computer Science major taking a class in Art History in order to fulfill her degree requirements is allowed to use MSDN AA software on her personal machine.
- STEM and VIDA students (and faculty/staff) can install ALL software on their personal machines; in addition, ALL department machines – all instructional, faculty and lab machines – can be installed with MSDN AA software.
- Students and faculty can retain all MDSN AA software installed on their machines even after students graduate or when faculty members stop teaching.
- In ALL cases the MSDN AA software can ONLY be used for non-commercial use, such as teaching, learning, research, in or outside the classroom. The students receiving MSDN AA software are expected to conform to the non-commercial use agreement.
- The MSDN AA License agreement (EULA) provides the details and is posted at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/bb250608.aspx
NOTE: The best-practice for software distribution to students is via a FREE Cloud-Hosted ELMS account. To do this your administrator needs to configure your set of MSDN AA products and upload student identities (email addresses) to ELMS on the first day of class.