There are 4 methods for students to run the software used in Geography lab classes. Each method has unique requirements.

Method 1

Accessing KESDA Remotely
  • Requires authorization by OIT.
  • Intended for Mac users who need access to ArcGIS to do homework. PC users should install ArcGIS on their home computers to do homework. Users can download software from OIT's software catalog.
  • To access during a class period, you must be registered for the class, and be authorized by OIT.
  • Allows access to the full complement of software used by Geography.
  • Students must provide their own computer to establish the remote session.
  • Students must have access to a network with reasonable throughput.
  • Can be used after hours by CU students when classes are not in session. In-person users reduce the number of remote PCs available.
  • See Remote Access to Labs for documentation on how to get authorized.
  • After you are authorized, see Learn How to Access Labs Remotely for instructions regarding the required Splashtop software.
  • The normal schedule for after hours Splashtop use is:
    • 6:30 PM - 7:00 AM on weekdays. 
    • All day on the weekends.

Method 2

Using Virtual Apps (Note: ArcGIS in this mode is currently problematic)
  • Can be used for ArcGIS, ENVI/IDL QGIS, Matlab and more.
  • If the student installs the client software, files on the student's computer can be accessed by the virtual app. Otherwise, file access is through OneDrive.
  • Can be used anytime regardless of class schedules.
  • There are currently no limits to the number of simultaneous users, but the more users there are, the worse the response time is.
  • Students must provide their own, well-functioning computer.
  • Students must have access to a network with reasonable throughput.
  • See Accessing Remote Apps (ArcGIS, ENVI/IDL) for documentation on how to do this.

Method 3

Installing Software On Your Personal Computer
  • Can be used anytime.
  • Students must provide their own, well-functioning computer.
  • Students must have access to a network with reasonable speed.
  • Users can download software from OIT's software catalog.
  • For R, RStudio, or Python, consult with your instructor or TA on how they want you to install this software.
  • To download ArcGIS, see ArcGIS Desktop Download.
  • To download ENVI/IDL and fill out the form for the fee, see ENVI/IDL download. There is a $30 fee. All other course software is free.

Method 4

Physical Access To The KESDA Lab
  • Allows access to the full complement of software used by Geography.
  • To access during a class period, you must be registered for the class unless approved by the instructor.
  • PCs in the lab are assigned to either remote access or local access. Therefore, it is possible you will have to wait for an available PC.
  • Before you go to KESDA, you can first see if there are PCs available by going to the Geography facilities page, right sidebar. Select the KESDA Lab Current Usage - Live Update link. This page shows current PC availability in the lab. If any of the PCs are not colored red, they are available for you to use.
  • Review the Geography facilities page right sidebar to see the schedule of lab classes to ensure you are not attempting to use KESDA during a scheduled class period in which you are not enrolled.
  • Mask-wearing, cleanliness, and sanitized hands are required.