Where to save your files

Have you ever worked tirelessly on an essay, then realised the file wasn’t saved where you thought it was and you couldn’t locate it? If you have, you’ll know the awful feeling and consequent panic.

To avoid disaster, ensure you’re saving your files in a secure place. If you’re using one of our common-use computers, we recommend saving your work to H:/Drive and/or your USB stick.

H:/Drive is available from common-use computers via My Computer on the desktop. If you save your files here, you will be able to access them from any common-use computer at any campus.

If you’re using one of our library laptops, you’ll need to use FileWay to access H:/Drive.

You can also access these files from home, though you will need to login to Griffith’s VPN first.

You get a quota of 50 MB storage space for H:/Drive.

It’s also important to remember

  • Saving your work to any other location on common-use computers (e.g. the desktop or My Documents) will result in deletion when you log out or turn off the computer.
  • Backup, backup, backup your files! Along with Google Drive and H Drive, you could save to a USB or email the file to yourself.

Available computers on campus

Photo of student in Griffith computer lab

What do our libraries have a lot of? Besides books, silly…

Computers! We have desktop computers for student use, and laptops for student borrowing. Then outside the library, you’ll find a plethora of common-use computer labs at every campus. In fact, we even have 24/7 computer labs.

Find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here. You can even check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe and various internet browsers.

In addition, they will often have many of the course related software you require. Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.

Sometimes you require specialised software or hardware for your course that isn’t provided on common use computers. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through School-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your school).

Check out our student computing page for more information on using our computers.

What software is available to students?

Griffith provides the necessary software for you to succeed in your studies. Get the low down on what software is available to you, both on our computers, and for home download:

Griffith computers

Common-use computers

Common-use computers are loaded up with the standard software – MS Office, Adobe and various internet browsers. However further applications vary between locations.  You can find a comprehensive list of current computer lab software applications here.

School labs

Some areas of study have specialist software needs. In this case, your school will provide access to this. For access to specialised labs, contact your school.

Home-use software

All students get free access to Office 365. You’re also entitled to 50% off Norton 360 and Norton Internet Security.

You can download the following software for home use for free through the Software Download Service:

  • doPDF
  • EndNote
  • NVivo
  • Leximancer
  • SAS
  • SPSS (note: an annual subscription fee applies)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

Find further information on the Available Software webpage.

Bring your idea to life at the Hackathon


It’s free and everyone can participate!

Do you get a thrill out of creating something innovative with a great bunch of people in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy delicious free food and want to have a chance at winning big prize money–$2,000 anyone? Then our upcoming Hackathon event with 30 hours of hacking fun, exciting guest speakers, delicious food and great prize money is just what you have been looking for!

What the hack is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a social coding event that brings together a group of people with various skills (techy and non-techy) to collaboratively create a new computer program (aka software or online application).

And guess what? We are hosting one of these cool events on the weekend 4 – 5 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Campus Library where we want you– brilliant masterminds– to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your and your fellow peers’ student lives.

Who can participate?

Everyone who is passionate to work together with a bunch of cool people to create something new and amazing! You don’t need to be a coder or tech savvy to take part in the Hackathon. Although we are definitely looking for techy students to write the code, teams will also require students with marketing, graphic design, project management or any other genius skill that can contribute to creating an awesome app.

How do I register?

Simply head over to our Hackathon website to register as an individual or team. Join us for an awesome weekend full of fun, with the opportunity to meet new people, enhance your skill sets and the chance to win big! It is going to be awesome!

Registrations will be open until 5pm Friday 20 July 2018.

Prizes up for grabs

$2,000 – Winning Team

$1,000 – Runner-Up Team

$500 – Best User Interface Design


Are you the winner of our awesome App Ideas Challenge?

Congratulations to Bachelor of Creative Interactive Media student Ruzena Spacek, who won a sweet $1,500 for her entry into our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge.

Ruzena won the judges over with her Study Planner app idea aimed at helping students better plan their study and assessment to reduce anxiety and improve grades. If you’re one of those people who freak out because you’ve left your assignment to the last minute, this app would be perfect for you!

Second and third prize

Bachelor of Business student Jamie Henke walked away with an impressive $750 for her Griffith OpportUNIty app idea. Her interactive swipe app would provide students with a one-stop-shop for all opportunities they are presented with – think uni events, market days, internships and work experience.

Bachelor of Counselling student Harley Best went home with $500 thanks to his Uni Saver app idea. Uni Saver will not only save key assignment-related information for you, it will also save your butt with assessment notifications to keep you on track.

Thank you to all who entered our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge. The calibre of entries was beyond impressive.

Disappointed you missed out on the money? Don’t be! Enter our Hackathon event to win your share in a massive $3,500 prize pool.

Win big at Hackathon weekend!

Get ready to transform your awesome ideas into something real at our 30-hour Hackathon event from 4-5 August 2018.

You don’t need to be tech-savvy to take part in the Hackathon. All you need to bring to the table is your creativity, skills and passion to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your student life.

Register now as an individual or team for 30-hours of fun and your chance to win big!

24/7 study labs on campus

With it getting to the pointy end of trimester, you’re probably relating a little too much to the classic study/social life/sleep Venn diagram.

Now, while we’re hoping you’ve heeded our advice and employed exemplary time management skills throughout this trimester, meaning you won’t require any crazy last-minute cramming to finish assignments on time, let’s be real.

If you’ve left you’re assignment just a little too late (or maybe you simply find you do your best work at 3 am, or suffer from debilitating insomnia and want to put your time to more productive use than laying in bed contemplating the Earth’s existence), don’t fret! We have computer labs open 24 hours at every campus! Just check the table below for your closest 24/7 lab (you can visit any campus, btw).

You can find a comprehensive list of our computer lab locations here, as well as information on printing facilities and numbers of computers available.

 Nathan Gold Coast South Bank Logan Mt Gravatt

Patience Thoms (N06) 0.01

Clinical Sciences 1 (G02) 1.26 Webb Centre (S02) 3.03 Academic 1 (L05) 2.32

Psychology (M24) 3.32

Science Link (N65) 1.01

Learning Commons (G11) 2.50

Arts and Education 1 (G30) 2.03

Catch up with lecture capture – now available on your mobile and tablet!

It’s trimester break next week. That also means you’re almost halfway through the trimester (eeek!).

If you’re wanting to make the most of your break and ensure you’re on top of all content, why not use Lecture Capture to watch your lecture online?

Generally, your lectures will be recorded using Echo360 Lecture Capture technology. You can access these recordings online via Learning@Griffith, or on your smartphone or tablet with the brand-spankin’-new Echo360 app!

To access lecture recordings online:

  • Simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University username and password, head on over to your course site, and you’ll see a link to your lecture recordings on the left hand menu.

To access lecture recordings on your smartphone or tablet:

  • Download the app from iTunes for Apple, Google Play for Android or the Microsoft Store for Windows.
  • When logging in, don’t use your regular student email address (e.g. john.citizen@griffithuni.edu.au), but rather your sNumber at griffithuni.edu.au (e.g. s1234567@griffithuni.edu.au). This is actually an alias to your regular email address and linked to your usual email address in Learning@Griffith.
  • Note that you’ll need to click through each Echo360 link from each Learning@Griffith course you’re enrolled in at least once. This single passthrough into the Echo360 session establishes the connection between you and the course. Once you’ve done this, the course will appear in the Echo360 app.

You’ll find a range of awesome features with Echo360:

  • Access recordings anywhere and any time.
  • Take notes alongside the video recordings (not available on the app).
  • Bookmark important sections – super helpful for revision! Did the lecturer just say this would be on the exam? *bookmark*!
  • Increase the speed of which you’re listening to the lecture, if you want to power through it.

There’s also a download option that allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an internet connection.

Maybe you’d like to play the lectures while you sleep. Not cause the sound of your professor’s voice actually puts you to sleep. No, no. For the hope that the information will disseminate into your brain subliminally while you snooze.

In fact, a study by Arzi and colleagues (2012, p. 1460) found that ‘during sleep, humans can strengthen previously acquired memories’. Crikey, we may have just solved all of your time management problems!

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support, ask the Learning@Griffith Support Centre or contact the IT Service Centre.