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How to Access Thinclient from a Mac

SESP provides a Windows Remote Desktop system that allows you to run different applications such as Atlas TI 7 & 8, STATA 15, and NVivo 11 Pro.

Access to the SESP Thinclient system is restricted. Please email to request access. Also, if you are accessing Thinclient from off campus, you will need to VPN in first. 13

If you are using a SESP issued computer, there is no software to install. You will find the Microsoft Remote Desktop software in your Applications folder. However, if you using your own, you will need the Microsoft Remote Desktop client 23.

Setting up the Microsoft Remote Desktop client.
Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop software from your Applications folder. Click New. Name the connection. In the address field, please enter Use your NetID and current password to log into the system. Uncheck the options to start full screen, unless you want to full screen your sessions. Instead, I recommend checking the box to Scale content.


Mapping folders on your local computer to Thinclient.
Next, let’s configure Thinclient so you can access your local files on the remote session. Click the Redirection setting at the top. Make sure to check the box to Enable folder redirection. Enter in the name of the folder you want to share, e.g. Downloads, Documents, Box Sync, etc. Close the window when you are done.


Need to print from Thinclient? Here’s how.
Click the Session tab. Check the option to Forward printing devices.


You will receive a security warning letting you know about mapped resources to Thinclient. Check the box to Do not ask again for connections to this computer.

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How to Access Thinclient from a PC

SESP provides a Windows Remote Desktop system that allows you to run different applications such as STATA 15, LIWC, and NVivo 11 Pro.

Access to the SESP Thinclient system is restricted. Please email to request access. Also, if you are accessing Thinclient from off campus, you will need to VPN in first. 8

If you are using a SESP issued computer, there is no software to install. You will find the Microsoft Remote Desktop software in your Applications folder. However, if you using your own, you will need the Microsoft Remote Desktop client.

Setting up the Microsoft Remote Desktop client.

Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button Start button icon. In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.

In the Computer box, type in

Click “Show Options”. Enter your “ADS\yourNetID” in the user field…

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Check the box to Allow me to save credentials. Click Save.
Click on the Local Resources.

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Under Local devices and resources click “More”.

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You may want to check the box to allow access to your local hard drive. This will let you open local files on the remote system.

If you are presented with a warning about mapping local resources such as a printer or local folder, click Continue. Also, if you receive a warning about a certificate, click Continue.

How to Access Northwestern Research Storage from Thinclient

Open a folder of your choosing, such as the one in the Task Bar.

In the address bar of the folder, type in the address to your storage system. This could be either \\

Right click on the folder you wish to access.

Click Create Shortcut.

Click yes to create the shortcut on the Desktop.


Filemaker 17 webclient (browser) access

These instructions are for accessing Filemaker databases through a web browser. Please make sure you have the latest version of either Safari, Firefox or Chrome. If you need the client, there is a bill back charge for the license. Please email for a link to the client download along with a chart string number to be billed. Click here to access to the Filemaker Client instructions.

Step 1. In one of the browsers listed above, please go to

Step 2. Click Sign in With: Microsoft. This will redirect you to the Filemaker sign in page. Type in your official Northwestern email address only (No password) and click Sign in.

Step 3. Similar to Box, you should be redirect to the Northwestern sign-in page. Enter your NetID and current password and Sign in.

Step 4. Click the database you wish to access. You will be redirected again to ensure you have proper access rights to the database you selected.

Northwestern VPN Profile for macOS & iOS devices


If you need to access the Northwestern VPN from your Mac, iPad or iPhone, the above profile will help you get set up.

iOS install:

VPN Instructions

macOS install:

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Request NUEmail Listserv

Northwestern Listserv is an efficient way of sending email messages to a large group of people.

Northwestern Faculty, Staff and Students can request c

Getting started with Quicktime

QuickTime is the built-in media player on all Mac computers. It also includes helpful features for recording your own videos with your computer webcam, recording your computer screen, or recording audio from your computer speaker.


Create a Screen Recording in Quicktime

To create a new screen recording with QuickTime Player:

  1. Launch QuickTime Player and choose File, New Screen Recording (the keyboard shortcut is Control, Command, N).
    File, New Screen Recording in QuickTime Player.
  2. Press the Record button.
    Record button in QuickTime Player controller.
  3. A screen with additional instructions will appear. Choose Start Recording and begin your tutorial.
  4. When you’re finished, click on Stop Recording on the Menu Bar.
    Stop Recording option in OS X Menu Bar.
  5. To edit your recording, click on the arrow on the right side of the QuickTime controller at the bottom of the window and choose Trim.
    Edit, Trim in the QuickTime Player controller.
  6. Drag the handles to select only the frames you want to keep in your recording.
    Edit handles in QuickTime player timeline (used to trim).
  7. When you’re happy with your selection, choose Trim. The grayed out frames will be removed from the beginning or end of your recording.
  8. To save your edited tutorial, choose File, Save As.
  9. Select a format and save location, then choose Save. Your tutorial will be ready for upload to a website where students can access it.

Get started with Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a tool that allows you to create questions or prompts and have participants respond via short video recordings. Video submissions can result in richer, more thoughtful responses and help boost engagement and community within a course

flipgrid demo

This format can help improve the quality of class discussions by providing some accountability (students tend to provide more thoughtful responses when their faces are associated) and requiring clear, succinct answers that fit in the 90 second time frame. Students may also be more inclined to peruse their peers’ responses when they are in video form.

If you are interested in trying Flipgrid with your class(es), please contact SESP IT.

User Guides

Request an account
Interested in using Flipgrid? Request an instructor account from SESP IT here.


Do my students need to create Flipgrid accounts?

No – participants do not need an account to respond to a Flipgrid prompt.

Does Flipgrid integrate with Canvas?

Flipgrids can be embedded on any website, so you can copy the embed code onto any Canvas page or assignment. Alternately, you can share the link to a Flipgrid with your students, via Canvas or email.

Do I need any special equipment or software to use Flipgrid?

In order to use Flipgrid, you will need a computer with a webcam and microphone to record responses. Additionally, you will want to be sure you are running the latest Flash player. The recommended web browser is Chrome. (Alternately, you can use Flipgrid from an iPad – download the iOS app here).

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Useful browser extensions to guard your privacy on the internet

Many websites use tracking software to learn as much as they can about you. If you find this invasive and a bit un-unerving, you might want to install a few browser extensions. These extensions help block intrusive ads as well as guard your privacy.

For macOS Safari users, try Ad Block Plus 7. Ad Block Plus blocks banners, pop-ups, tracking, malware and more.

Check out the screen shot below. Going to a website like the Chicago Tribune, Ad Block Plus has greatly improved the browsing experience while blocking roughly 44 trackers built into the Tribune’s website.

For Windows or macOS users that use Firefox or Chrome, you may want install Ad Block Plus 7 as well as Privacy Badger 2 from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Similar to Ad Block Plus, Privacy Badger offers additional tools to block invasive tracking software found on many websites.


If you have any questions about the use of these Ad Blockers, please feel free to email



How to upgrade to macOS High Sierra

SESP IT has been testing macOS High Sierra for a few months and we think it’s ready to go. Please feel free to upgrade your system by going to the Apple Menu and selecting Preferences. Once the installer downloads to your system, which can vary from 10-20 minutes, the upgrade should take 30-40 minutes. The time to upgrade depends on the speed of your network connection and your computer. It is a good idea to block out at least 60 minutes to perform the upgrade.

From Apple:
macOS High Sierra: Your Mac. Elevated.
New technologies at the heart of the system make your Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive — and lay the foundation for future innovations. macOS High Sierra also refines the features and apps you use every day. It’s macOS at its highest level yet.

Click the LANRev control panel.

In LANrev, click the Software Updates tab.

Click Show On-Demand software. macOS High Sierra should show up.

Check the box to Install, then click OK.


How to access SESP Qualtrics


.  Qualtrics is a web-based tool for survey creation, data collection, and analysis. The software is easy to use, but offers a wide array of advanced features for creating complex surveys  and generating reports.

Qualtrics is available to all SESP students, faculty, and staff.

Qualtrics Resources


User Guides

Getting Started

Request an account

You can register for an account by logging in with your Net ID at


My Net ID is not working for accessing Qualtrics. What do I do?
All students, staff, and faculty within the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University should have access to Qualtrics with their Net ID. If you meet this criteria and are still unable to access the tool, please email
I’m not sure where to begin in writing my survey, any advice?
Qualtrics offers some insight into survey research, including the benefits of online surveys, how to write quality questions, and choosing the right question types for your data. See “Survey Basics” from Qualtrics Support.

Sign a PDF document using Apple Preview

On this page you will learn how to add signatures (and other information) to PDFs using Preview for Macs.

  1. Open the PDF in Preview, either by double clicking the PDF, or opening Preview and then selecting the PDF.

  1. In the toolbar, select Edit -> Preferences (keyboard shortcut is Command + , )

  1. Select the Signatures tab and click “Create Signature”. If you already have signatures created and are trying to add new ones, select the “+” symbol in the bottom left.
  1. Write your signature (or whatever text you’re importing) on a piece of clean paper, and hold it up to your webcam. You will see a preview of the text on the right. Try to line the text up to the blue line on screen. If you would like to reuse this signature, make sure the box is checked for “Save this signature for use after Preview quits”. Click accept and exit the preferences window when ready.

  1. In order to insert the signature, back on the main Preview window, select the “Show Edit Toolbar” button. It is the option highlighted blue below.
  1. Then select the “Signature” tool, which is highlighted blue below. If you click the drop down arrow, you will be able to select from multiple signatures, create new ones, or manage existing signatures. Select the signature you would like to use.

  1. Click on screen where you would like to place the signature. The signature can then be resized and moved.

  1. And you’re done!

Using Solstice to project wirelessly

Getting Started / Connecting your Device
  1. Use your web browser to navigate to the URL displayed on screen. You can connect using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If using an iPad, iPhone, or Android device, download the Solstice app (iOS / Android).
  2. Follow the instructions on screen to download the Solstice software. Once you have the Solstice app open, choose the display you would like to use from the list of available displays or enter the IP address.
  3. From the share panel, choose whether to share your desktop, a specific app window, or a media file. You can share as many different items as you would like.
Controlling the Display

Anyone collaborating can manage the Solstice console, including rearranging, stacking, and hiding content. To access the control panel, select the “Go to Display View” button in the upper right hand corner of the share panel.

  • Hiding content: You can drag content to the left side of the screen to put it on deck. This will hide the content until you drag it back onto the main screen.
  • Adjusting layout: If you right click anywhere on the main screen (not covered by shared content), you can choose how your content is displayed – aligned to a grid or freeform. You can also drag the shared content to rearrange the windows on screen.
  • Organizing content: You can stack content on top of one another to sort content into groups. Right click anywhere on a shared post to make it full screen (pushing all other content on deck), create a stack, or delete it. To organize content by user – click on a user’s “meeple” , or avatar icon, from the bottom of the display window and choose to show, hide, stack, or delete that user’s content.
Disconnecting from Solstice

When you are ready to disconnect from the Solstice display, select “Disconnect” from your Solstice window, or close the Solstice app completely.

How to Scan to email from Ricoh Printers


How to send a Scanned document via Email using the Ricoh copiers

  • Log in with your NetID/Password then choose Scanner from the Device Functions Page

  • Click “+” to specify your email destination
  • Choose “Search Address Book”
    (*For non-SESP addresses choose “Program New Destination” then follow the onscreen prompts)
  • Choose “SESP Active Directory”
  • Choose a search method e.g. “Name”
  • Tap to select the desired recipient
  • Specify your desired scan settings then tap “Start”