Software and remote learning for engineering students
CEDC IT provides services and support for all technology needs within the college. Students interface with us through 10 computer labs (now accessible remotely), more than 100 engineering software applications, our consultation and support services, and more. Where central technology offices seek to support the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus locations as a whole, we focus narrowly on the College of Engineering, Design and Computing and create custom solutions to meet our students' needs.
Online and remote learning is becoming a cornerstone of CEDC course offerings and will continue to expand as CU Denver adapts to the ongoing pandemic. The resources found on this page are intended to support CEDC students in preparing for and working through the tools and systems needed to work in this distance-learning environment. The content here will continue to expand and grow as more tools, resources, and tutorials are made available.
Low Income Resources
Online and remote learning is especially challenging for low income households, as access to computing resources and Internet connectivity can be especially difficult. There are some programs that can help with this.
The Loving Lynx fund is available to assist students in need to assist with unanticipated events (such as a pandemic).
Notebooks for Students is a nonprofit organization that provides students with discounted laptops for primary, high school, college, and homeschool.
Comcast’s Internet Essentials offering provides free and discounted internet access to those who qualify.
Other low income internet plans are also offered from multiple service providers.
Canvas: The Canvas Learning Management System is used for all courses to distribute content, process grades, and much more. For those unfamiliar with using Canvas to access course content, please visit this page for guides, videos, and more.
Zoom: Zoom is the primary video and web conferencing tool for CU Denver and will be used by all faculty to meet with students and record content. Faculty will typically distribute meeting links via Canvas or other communication tools. Students may also use this tool to meet with each other! Learn about the basics here.
Microsoft OneDrive: Microsoft OneDrive is available to all CU Denver students, faculty, and staff for free and provides 1TB of cloud storage to each user. Files can easily be stored, shared, and distributed for individuals or groups.
VPN: CU Denver VPN is available to assist students, faculty, and staff with accessing certain on-campus resources. The VPN connects you to the campus network as if you were physically on campus and connecting via WiFi or ethernet. This can be used to remotely access systems such as CEDC computer labs, CSEGrid, and more. Instructions, tutorials, and downloads can all be found at this link.
Remotely Access CEDC Computer Labs
CEDC computer labs are available for remote login to students enrolled in Engineering courses only. This provides access to a myriad of engineering software applications, including ones that cannot be installed on student laptops. Please reference the College Software webpage to find out which software you can install at home and which you must remote into the labs to use.
WARNING: All data on these computers is reset upon logoff. Please be sure to backup to another location, such as Microsoft OneDrive.
Connecting to CSEGrid: Students enrolled in many Computer Science courses at CU Denver will be asked to remotely use CSEGrid. CSEGrid is a clustered Linux server environment designed for students to compile and submit code for programming assignments. The same environment is used by instructors to test students’ submitted code to ensure a homogeneous compiling and coding environment.
Using Microsoft OneDrive: Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage tool which provides 1TB of storage space and is available to all CU Denver students, faculty, and staff for free. Some basic tutorials for using this tool are included below. (under development)