Educational Technology

January 28, 2011

The Invisible Computer Lab

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed

In a virtual computing lab, students log in via a secured website and choose from a library of “images” — virtual desktops outfitted with different versions of various programs. The selected image then appears as a window on the student’s own computer desktop, at which point students can open a program and begin working. They can save or print their work just as though the program were running on their own hard drives. By enabling students to run high-level programs and work with memory-leeching data sets without burdening their own wallets or hard drives, virtual computing labs could prove to be another boon for students.

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