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CloudLabs: How UC San Diego Deployed Remote Computer Labs in Record Time
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By Valerie E. Polichar. When COVID-19 caused a pivot to remote instruction with little notice, students lost access to on-campus computer labs where they could use licensed software to complete coursework. UC San Diego’s educational technology teams sprang into action. In less than three weeks, they built CloudLabs—providing students remote access to over 200 apps on three operating systems. UC San Diego’s educational technology teams support over 300 pieces of software in 160 physical lab spaces on campus (2200 seats). In a normal quarter, these are heavily used, with 15,000 logins in a typical week. But mid-March 2020, everyone was...