• March 20, 2022

Ensuring Digital Equity in Information Technology Courses

Greg M. Smith
  • by Greg M. Smith

In the past, students enrolled in information technology programs at Maryville University encountered key challenges that impacted their access to important learning experiences. Lack of access to hardware and software, due to cost, time, or in-person requirements, made it challenging for many students to complete iOS mobile application assignments.

Tim Brown and Mike Palmer are two Maryville faculty members who began to research different cloud-based options so each of their students would have equal access to the virtual environments needed in order to begin and successfully complete required program-based projects.
Maryville University’s IT department selected Propeller to create a macOS virtual desktop environment for its information technology students.
Mr. Brown and Mr. Palmer worked closely with
the IT department to implement the technology into their classrooms which lead to several positive outcomes:

  • Reduction in implementation time.  Prior to using Propeller’s virtual desktops, the student implementation of previous products could take up to two weeks. Information technology students can now be oriented within one class period.
  • Lower institutional and student costs.>The virtual desktop removed the need for students and the institution to purchase specialized laptops to complete their programming-related assignments
  • The use of virtual desktops has helped Maryville University increase the number of students it admits to certain information technology courses. 

About Maryville

Maryville University is a national university committed to providing students an innovative liberal arts education and providing its on-campus and online students opportunities to learn by doing.

About Propeller
As education IT veterans, our founders want all students to thrive beyond the bounds of a traditional campus and the confines of limited resources. We believe that technology should never get in the way of a school’s or a student’s ability to grow and engage with the world. With smart cloud computing, we saw an unmatched opportunity to help make better virtual learning possible for students on the devices they already have, freeing K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities from costly and burdensome software and hardware.

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