What You Need to Know About Our Improved Virtual Labs

The integration of technology into education is transforming the way students learn — and access the opportunity to learn. Innovations such as online learning, virtual universities and virtual laboratories make it possible for students who could not afford education expenses to receive higher education. It also allows them to learn at their own pace, place and preferred learning method. 

From the start, the CloudSwyft team has been determined to digitalize the education industry. This is because we believe that all students should have the chance to learn job-essential skills, regardless of whether they’re learning remotely or flexibly. On top of that, in this time where physical schools are closed down due to health crises, we believe that learning should go on. 

It is these beliefs and motivations that drive us to deliver our virtual lab solution and improve it every single day. 

How Does CloudSwyft’s Virtual Lab Work? 

CloudSwyft’s virtual lab solution brings the technology to the IT sector and replaces traditional IT labs for large universities and STEM/engineering-focused institutions. With our learning platform, we aim to help students gain key job skills and start solid careers in the industry. 

Another important point to remember about our virtual labs is that they are cloud-based platforms. With this, we enable students to access their personal lab environments using any device with a browser and an internet connection. They can use our learning platform without being constrained by the specifications of their own hardware. 

What Makes CloudSwyft’s Virtual Lab Solutions Different from the Rest?

Technology has come a long way, and more providers are offering increasingly innovative virtual lab solutions to accommodate learning needs as they emerge. Considering this, what sets CloudSwyft’s virtual labs apart from the rest?  

The distinguishing factor is our focus on education. We take pride in being the only solution built specifically and primarily for higher education. This is a significant aspect because educational institutions have very particular needs. 

Here are just some of the many features of CloudSwyft’s virtual labs that help address learning challenges: 

  • Highly customizable lab environments – It does not matter if your institution specializes in IT, engineering or design. We can easily customize lab environments to include all the software tools your instructors and students will need. 
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  • Personal lab environments – Our virtual laboratories allow students to learn at their own pace as they are a hundred percent personal and persistent. Each simulated lab remains exclusively accessible to each student throughout the semester. 
  • Virtual exams and assessments – Aside from conducting classes, instructors can also hold exams and assessments inside the simulated lab environment. 
  • Cost-effective solutions – Savings is one of the biggest advantages our partner educational institutions gain with us. Our virtual lab solutions can replace or supplement physical IT infrastructure and reduce maintenance costs. 
  • Cloud-based solutions – Our virtual labs run on a virtual machine and through a web browser. This effectively removes the need for high-spec computers and major software installations. Learners can smoothly work with various programs on their browsers. 

With all of that said, our cloud-based learning platforms also accommodate the needs of K-12 institutions as well as governments and NGOs. These are the features we deliver to all our partners: 

  • Lab infrastructure and software tools in personal and persistent lab environments
  • 24/7 lab accessibility 
  • Remote lab access; virtual labs require only a browser and an internet connection 
  • A high degree of customization according to course requirements 
  • Assessment capabilities 
  • Automated deployment  

To give you an overview, these are some of the areas we cover and applications we deliver via virtual labs: 

Information Technology 

  • Linux
  • Python 
  • SQL
  • Hadoop 
  • Microsoft Office
  • Visual Studio
  • Java
  • Oracle
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Azure Console
  • AWS Cloud Console
  • Alibaba Cloud Console
  • GCP Console
  • Hortonworks 
  • Cybersecurity Applications
  • UiPath RPA 
  • Statistica 
  • IBM SPSS

Design

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Blender
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Graphisoft

Engineering 

  • Mathworks
  • Matlab
  • SolidWorks
  • ArcGIS

Architecture

  • AutoCAD
  • ArchiCAD
  • Autodesk Revit

How We’re Keeping Virtual Labs Up-to-Date

Technologies are constantly evolving, and so do our education partners’ needs. With this, we see to it that our cloud-based virtual labs don’t remain stagnant. 

We stay in touch with our university partners and gather feedback from them. We then use these insights to improve our product and release relevant updates every month. As of October 2021, we have:

Increased the number of lab profiles accommodated – we are now able to make room for more than 200+ profiles without a problem

Added more control for education customers over how their students use their lab environments 

What Are the Advantages of Using Virtual Labs? 

Our commitment to improving education through digitalization motivates us to keep upgrading our product. With this, we know that there will always be more features to enhance or create moving forward. 

We are, however, proud to say that CloudSwyft’s current virtual lab solutions are able to bring our education partners numerous advantages, like the following: 

Opportunities to roll out flexible, hybrid and remote learning 

Opportunities to better utilise or maximise software licenses 

Reduced reliance on high-cost physical IT infrastructure and other learning materials

Options to easily adjust lab requirements each semester based on actual enrollments 

Substantial productivity improvements for both instructors and students 

Build Your Own Virtual Labs With a Capable Partner

Building a virtual laboratory to enhance or continue instruction is a complex endeavour. You need to consider various elements such as design and user experience to build an effective learning tool. On top of that, you must ensure that your instructors and students can easily access your learning platform. 

Despite these challenges, integrating virtual labs into your curriculum is well worth your time and effort as it can positively impact the way students learn. It gives them plenty of opportunities to dabble with IT equipment and software programs whenever and wherever they are. Most importantly, it grants them unlimited access to learning materials — something that may not be available to some students due to any limiting circumstances, like the ongoing pandemic.

If you are interested in building a virtual laboratory for your higher learning institution, the CloudSwyft team is here to help. Our cloud-based technology learning platforms help you deliver your curriculum online seamlessly and according to your specific requirements. Ultimately, we’re here to help your students actively learn and collaborate anytime, anywhere. 

Get in touch with us to hear more about what we can do for you. You can also request a demo today!