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 (UPDATED for Fall 2021)
  • Requires authorization by OIT.
  • To access during a class period, you must be registered for the class, and be authorized by OIT.
  • The number of simultaneous sessions among students is limited to the number of physical PCs assigned to remote access. Depending on the semester, some lab PCs are designated for local use, there is a possibility students could be denied access if all PCs are in use.
  • Allows access to the full complement of software used by Geography.
  • Can be used after hours by anyone when classes are not in session.
  • Students must provide their own computer to establish the remote session.
  • Students must have access to a network with reasonable throughput.
  • 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. 

Method 2

Using Virtual Apps
  • Limited to ArcGIS and ENVI/IDL.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For ENVI/IDL, there is a $30 fee. All other software is free.
  • 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.

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.