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Create 'virtual' open-access campus PC labs

Create 'virtual' open-access campus PC labs

Spend more time supporting your students. Not your lab PCs.

Every university or college across the globe has managed PC pools in the form of campus labs, libraries or computer clusters. They're essential in enabling students to get access to the software they need for their course.

But computer lab management doesn't come without challenges. 

To provide access to software, managed PC pools are often organized into faculty-based labs; dedicated spaces where a restrictive set of apps are available, usually within the set opening hours of the lab itself. The alternative is to make every app available on every managed device, but that requires building large and complex images that aren't possible to update mid Semester. It also comes with a huge overhead in terms of hardware costs and refresh cycles... 

And 'virtual' labs does not have to mean the use of a complex and expensive VDI setup!

The existing methods of delivering software to campus labs are broken. Turn your existing campus lab spaces into open access or 'virtual' labs and improve student outcomes by delivering any app to any lab device on-demand. And all while reducing the burden, time and cost for IT.

Reduce the number of specialist labs

Reduce the number of specialist labs

Using AppsAnywhere to intelligently deploy using a variety of delivery methods can help you reduce your ‘specialist labs’; labs which are generally reserved for specific faculties, are not very useful to other departments and are often limited in their access to software titles. Fewer specialist labs means more flexibility in scheduling and fewer restrictions in course structuring.

Repurpose dedicated lab real estate

Repurpose dedicated lab real estate and reduce lab square footage

Improve the student experience by offering more flexible and consistent access to software so students can work to their schedule and convenience. By providing a multitude of options for students to choose from during peak times you can ensure they always have the resources and access they need to succeed.

‘Virtual’ labs and open-access learning areas

Make your labs 'virtual' and create open-access learning areas

Create more places for students to collaborate, work and learn by having the apps come to your students, rather than the other way around! By making any app accessible from any campus device, students can choose to work in the spaces they find to be most productive, engaging and inspiring. Students no longer need to go to a set lab space and instead can ‘create’ their own ‘labs’ wherever they choose, making collaboration and flexible learning even easier.


Optimize how you deliver software to campus PC labs and spend more time on strategic IT projects that matter.

Improve the efficiency of how you support your campus labs by delivering apps 'just in time' rather than 'just in case'. By centrally deploying all software titles through a single platform, students can get their work done wherever and whenever they need to, and IT can concentrate on strategic projects like enabling BYOD!

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Reduce time spent imaging

Cut the time spent imaging

Fewer specialist labs and on-demand delivery of software means fewer images are required and image size is reduced. With many universities reducing their images down to just one ‘essentials’ golden image (or master image), the time, resources and money spent on imaging is drastically decreased. Each image takes less time to build and there are fewer different images, making the process of imaging machines less error-prone, more consistent and much less time-consuming than ever before.

Deliver on-demand and reduce the load on support

Reduce student support tickets

A more streamlined imaging workload makes mid-semester changes to software infinitely more viable. Updates, security patches, new additions and responses to requests are all now possible mid-semester, ensuring the highest level of digital security is maintained and support tickets are reduced. Support tickets are reduced due to IT’s ability to respond more quickly to requests for new software and to keep existing software up to date in real-time, without having to wait until the end of the Semester.

Reduce unnecessary hardware investment cycles

Reduce hardware investment cycles

By reducing the need for dedicated labs, and using AppsAnywhere to enable BYOD, IT can leverage the hardware of non-managed and student-owned machines. A result of this is decreased demand when it comes to hardware and a lower overall investment level necessary. Not only this, hardware refresh cycles will be fewer and further between!


Why do universities still have so many computer labs?

In this session, presented by Pitt State University CIO Angela Neria, learn how AppsAnywhere has helped IT deliver software more efficiently, enabling 'virtual' labs across campus.

A benefit of AppsAnywhere is that it gives you universal lab space. Any software is available anywhere. It improves students' experiences here on our campus because it provides consistent access to software in any lab.

Angela Neria, CIO at Pitt State University


Angela Neria, CIO, Pittsburg State University

About the speaker:

Angela Neria: Angela is the Chief Information Officer for Pittsburg State University, located in Pittsburg, KS. Angela specializes in the subjects of educational and emerging technologies, technology leadership & strategic planning. Angela has been active in the field of educational technology since 1999.