Cloud Courses

The Columbian College Office of Technology Services offers faculty members the option of leveraging the Columbian College Private Cloud for use with instruction.

"Cloud Courses" include:

  • Network accounts for students and instructors, to be used for accessing Columbian College computer labs
  • Access to virtualized software via XenApp; SPSS and Microsoft Office are included by default. (A full list can be found here. Please note, software license restrictions may apply.)
  • Network storage for students and instructors, including a private folder to share between the instructor and each student. 

 

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Accounts

Students' and instructors' usernames are typically their first initial, last name (John Doe is jdoe).

For students who had accounts from previous semesters or other courses, their accounts have been reenabled and added to this course.

For instructions on how to install the Citrix receiver, read this.

For more information about Cloud, please visit the Cloud program page.

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Storage

  • Personal Folder ("UserHome"): Each student and faculty member will have a personal UserHome (H: drive) that nobody else can access.  Students receive 10 GB and faculty members 100 GB of private storage
    • Location: The UserHome folder will appear as a mapped drive on Windows machines with the drive letter "H:\[username]", and on Mac machines as "[username]" in Finder.
    • Permissions: The H: drive is accessible only by the user logged in. Files saved in the UserHome cannot be seen by any other users. 
  • Shared Course Folder ("Course Share"): Every Columbian College course taught on Cloud receives a 10 GB shared folder for distributing files to students and instructors.
    • Location: The Course Share will appear as a mapped drive on Windows machines with the drive letter "S:\", and on Mac machines as "students-group$" in Finder.
      • Course Share folders will be titled "[Department] [Course Number].[Course Section] [Course Title] [Semester]" 
      • e.g. "S:\GEOG 6293.81 Special Topics 201403.
    • Instructor Shared: This folder can be used as a "distribution" folder for Course files. Instructors have access to write to the folder, while students can only read. This would be used to distribute files to a class, without worrying that a student may overwrite the contents of the folder. 
    • Class-Shared: This folder can be used to share files amongst the entire class. Both instructors and students have read and write access to the entire folder. This would be used for course activities that require collaboration.
  • Course Folders for Students/Instructors ("Student Folders"): Course Shares include a separate folder for each student enrolled in the course, private folders shared with only the instructor.
    • Location: Student Folders located within the Course Share folder.
      • Student Folders are titled "[Student Last Name], [First Name] - [ColumbianID]"
      • e.g. "Smith, John - jsmith" is the folder name. It would be located at "S:\GEOG 6293.81 Special Topics 201403\Smith, John - jsmith"e"
    • Permissions: Student Folders folders are accessible only by the students they are named after, and the instructors of the course.
      • The intention for these folders is for assignment submission and other private file sharing between instructors and individual students.

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Virtual Applications

Students and instructors receive individual accounts for access to Columbian College computer labs. Their accounts also grant them access to virtualized resources provided via Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, accessed by visiting the Columbian College Citrix Access Gateway. (Users must first install the Citrix receiver client before using XenApp or XenDesktop. For instructions on how to install the Citrix receiver, please visit http://go.gwu.edu/clouddoc)

By default, access to XenApp SPSS and Microsoft Office are included by default, as these applications are covered by site licenses. Additional applications are available. A full list can be found here. Please note, software license restrictions may appl

For more information about Cloud, please visit the Cloud program page.

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Schedule

OTS will update the class rosters every 24 hours during the add/drop period, so the Cloud roster will be roughly in sync with Blackboard roster, which is one day behind Banner.  If a student signs up for the course on Monday, their account will be created on Tuesday.

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Support

NOTE: The automated report will only include students and instructors associated with a course. It will NOT include students auditing the course, or any TA / IA / Graders. If you have any users who need access to a particular Course Share, please send an email to [email protected] and include the information listed below. 

If accounts are required more quickly, or you have any other questions, please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Course Number
Course Title
CRN of the course
Student's first name
Student's last name
Student's GWemail address
Student's GWID  

During the semester, OTS is also available by phone at 202-994-8096 Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM, Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

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