Maryville University

Maryville University
Maryville Campus

As part of its strategic plan, Maryville University is committed to both the creation of an active learning ecosystem and transformational innovation both on campus and online.

To meet the challenge, the campus technology teams wanted a partner who shared their passion for learning and problem-solving.

Recognizing faculty collaboration would be a key to success, Maryville selected Propeller to take faculty ideas and transform them into flexible and virtual learning environments.




Undergraduate students


Graduate students


Studying online

The challenge

Transformational innovation requires a commitment to change on a major scale. Maryville faculty and staff were consulted and were able to define learning objectives, requirements, and a vision of what they wanted. How to translate those needs into a solution was much harder to define as some of the upfront challenges included:

  • The need to meet both campus and online program needs
  • The many programs and their diverse significant technical requirements that have traditionally been addressed in a physical lab setting:
  • The ability to deliver graphic and processor intensive applications
  • How to teach Cybersecurity is a safe and effective manor
  • Conducting Digital Forensics exercises
  • Access to large scale data sets securely
  • Serve a diverse and non-traditional student population

Our solution

Propeller first embarked on a mission to determine what solutions would be best for Maryville to meet each program’s unique requirements. Propeller was able to focus resources to quickly convert physical labs to virtual labs, expand classroom learning to take advantage the diversity of devices used by students and to help transition 50% of the campus desktops to virtual desktops.

  • Faculty and students were better able to transition to remote learning when the campus was forced to close due to COVID-19
  • New virtual computer labs that replaced physical labs are less costly to support
  • Classroom learning was enhanced by access to specialized learning tools
  • Adult learners can fully participate in coursework
  • Content mastery and skill development is accelerated by making tools accessible via any device

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Think of this as a “laptop in the cloud.” Propeller’s Virtual Desktop is a high-powered, fully managed workspace that can handle resource-intensive applications on any device.


The Virtual Desktop gives students an environment for completing assignments and lab work outside of the classroom. Students can access their desktop through most browsers on any device, saving the costs of software and hardware upgrades.

The main difference is whether the user gets the same virtual machine every time they log in to the environment.


A persistent machine can be assigned to a student, faculty or staff for any duration you specify at your school — a semester, program or ongoing.


With non-persistent machines, users get a new virtual machine every time. This ensures that every student and every log-in provides the same end user experience. Students can still save their work using your school’s cloud storage solution, such as Google Drive or OneDrive.

Learning Lab is a persistent environment created to run labs and simulations exactly as your faculty envisions. Since each student has an individual lab, they gain hands-on experience without straining campus faculty or IT departments — if something goes wrong, the student can just restart and everything resets. 

Learning Labs are secure, isolated, and scalable, making them great for:

  • Demanding, resource-intensive labs
  • Networking simulations
  • Cybersecurity Courses
  • Programming
  • Digital forensics
  • And much more

We’d be thrilled to have you join the Propeller family! We can quickly move you from the Proof of Concept to a full campus deployment, with minimal effort on your end. Your client success manager works with you to meet your timeline and plan your rollout.

Think of this as the “easy button” to get started with virtual desktop in less than four weeks!


During this time, the Propeller team works with you to gather the requirements, build, test, and put your new environment into production. At the end of the Jump Start, your school’s team will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to take over and continue managing your virtual environment.

Time to make a difference

Let’s make education better and help students achieve their full potential