The University of Dayton customizes distance learning via our remote desktop on-premise solution

Feb. 8, 2021

Over 120 teachers and students were successfully connected, and it is planned to increase this figure to 1,000 by the end of 2021.

In response to the emergence of COVID-19, in March 2020 the University of Dayton made the decision to transition classes from face-to-face to remote learning. Many art and design, and music courses require the use of expensive, proprietary software applications that are installed on university Apple lab computers. The College of Arts and Sciences needed to implement a solution that would allow students to use this software even if they could not physically access the computer labs.

Jeremy Mlazovsky, IT Director - College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton:

“Apple’s licensing terms made it cost-prohibitive for us to virtualize the computer labs, so we focused on providing remote access to our existing lab computers.

There were a number of reasons that we chose the Remotix solution:

  1. Many of the software applications on the lab computers are used by music students for listening to and manipulating audio. We found that every remote control solution for Apple computers could stream the video from a remote computer to the local computer. However, Nulana’s Remotix solution was the only one we found that supported streaming audio from a remote computer to the local computer;
  2. Nulana’s Remotix solution provided an attractive combination of price and functionality;
  3. Nulana developers were very friendly and responsive;
  4. The Remotix Agent provided a way for us to easily configure our lab computers for remote access using our existing enterprise software delivery tools.

This semester, approximately 125 UD faculty and students have currently enrolled as early Remotix adopters. Our joint goal is to eventually provide nearly 1,100 faculty and students with remote access to these lab computers in the upcoming academic year”.

The University of Dayton is a private Catholic research institution in Dayton, Ohio, about an hour outside the state’s capital, Columbus. It is the second-largest private university in Ohio and only one of three Catholic Marianist universities in the nation. The university cooperates with large international companies, including GE Aviation and Emerson, which have built research centers on the university campus. Students and teachers participate in real projects at these centers and the University of Dayton Research Institute, which developed a power system for NASA’s Curiosity rover.