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Award Abstract #1104251

Remotely Accessible Virtual Machines Using Existing Computer Labs

NSF Org: DUE
Division Of Undergraduate Education
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Initial Amendment Date: June 30, 2011
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Latest Amendment Date: June 24, 2015
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Award Number: 1104251
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Michael Erlinger
DUE Division Of Undergraduate Education
EHR Direct For Education and Human Resources
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Start Date: June 15, 2011
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End Date: November 30, 2015 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $199,458.00
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Investigator(s): Harry Bulbrook bulbrookh@durhamtech.edu (Principal Investigator)
Charlene West (Co-Principal Investigator)
Bruce Waugh (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Durham Technical Community College
1637 Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703-5023 (919)536-7250
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NSF Program(s): ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG
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Program Reference Code(s): 1032, 9178, SMET
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Program Element Code(s): 7412

ABSTRACT

This project uses existing traditional computer lab facilities to support a platform for remote access to virtual machines (VMs) to assist in teaching Information Technology courses. The goals for the project are to 1) provide Durham Technical Community College Information Technology students remote access to a single or small set of VMs; 2) utilize existing lab computers and infrastructure to reduce the cost of implementation of a remote lab; 3) provide VM hosting accessible through a hosting pool; 4) provide a project and system management learning opportunity for Information Technology students; and 5) disseminate information about the project to the 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College Systems through presentations at professional state and regional conferences and assist other interested schools in implementing the platform.

Through this project, students have access to all functions of the computer and operating system, enabling hands-on experience to complete networking or IT course assignments. Students indirectly gain facility with virtual machines and remote access, two areas in which employers have shown increased interest. The implementation and management of the virtual machine infrastructure give students experience with project management and OS administration. Additionally, the project conserves resources and minimizes capital expense, thus reducing costs.

 

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