The Business Technologies Department is without a doubt up-to-date with current technology trends.Â Melissa Watson, CIS 110Â & 111 instructor, is the MVP of the VCL at CFCC (how are those acronyms for ya’?).
Virtual Computing Lab, or VCL,Â is just that, a computer lab ourÂ students can access from home.Â North Carolina State University, who houses the project, hasÂ partnered with community colleges in NC to spread the use of the program.
WithÂ studentÂ enrollment approaching 600 forÂ CIS 110/111 distance learning sections for the year, Melissa Watson recognized a need. Students who “do not reside near the campuses or who use a Mac computer are now provided with an opportunity to use a computer from home that includes all the software required for their courses without having to travel to one of the school’s’ Learning Labs”, states Watson.
Recruiting the help and expertise of both Dom Friant (IT Services) and Pat Hogan (Business Technologies Chair), Watson has successfully providedÂ students with access to 20 virtual computers.
How does it work for students?
- Head to the lab! Turn onÂ the PC or Mac and head toÂ the VCL homepage toÂ login.
- Make a reservationÂ Â Strictly on a first-come-first-serve-basis, students reserve anÂ environment (ex: WinXP), date and duration for use of the virtual machine.
- Transform At the time of reservation the student’s computer is literally transformed into a CFCC imageÂ while running the app.
Faculty! Staff! Do you know of any technologicalÂ Â awesomeness on our CFCC campuses? Email email@example.comÂ
HaveÂ a coupleÂ minutes? Make sure to check out the kickoff post “Let’s get things started” to get you in the mood. 🙂
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