Virtual Computing Commons
Dear Faculty and Students,
We are pleased to announce the availability of our new Virtual Computing Commons service. This service replaces our existing Virtual Computing Commons service that was announced in May of this year and previously only available to students enrolled in the Summer 2020 academic session and instructors for the courses offered.
Virtual Computing Commons provide all Trent University students and faculty with access to a remote Windows Virtual Desktop that includes a suite of software applications necessary to support teaching and learning. This service provides secure remote access to specialized application software, which in some cases may only be available on-campus. A list of application software available in the Virtual Computing Commons may be found on the Trent IT Software Listing for the Computing Commons webpage here:
As we continue to work with the different stakeholders, please note that the list of software available through the Virtual Computing Commons will continue to change. Check the above link often for the latest updates.
Virtual Computing Commons can be accessed from any computer running a web browser, including Chromebooks. Additionally, Windows and Mac users can install a native client to connect to these Computing Commons directly without the use of a web browser. Users will need to use their Trent University provided credentials to access this service. For use instructions and to learn more about this service, access the User Guides found here:
All activities performed in the Virtual Computing Commons should be limited to course work only. Please do not access streaming platforms through the Virtual Computing Commons. This should be done through your local computer only.
We would also like to remind faculty and students that remote access is not needed for access to Microsoft Office software.
Students can install Microsoft Office on up to five devices, at no cost, through the university’s Microsoft Student Advantage program. For more information, visit the IT Service Catalogue:
Faculty can also install Microsoft Office on up to five devices, at no cost, through the university’s Microsoft Faculty and Staff Advantage program. For more information, visit the IT Service Catalogue:
Have questions. As always, we are here to help and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (705)748-1010.
Associate Vice President, IT
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