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BYOD FAQ

 

(1) BYOD stands for “Bring your own device”. Essentially, it is technology that Keyano has implemented to allow people to use their own computing devices (desktop computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets, etc.) to access all of the material and software that is currently only available from a college computer.  It is basically a virtual connection to a physical computer located in Keyano’s Datacenter.

(2) Keyano has purchased all of the software required for students to learn courseware.  Traditionally, this software is installed in Keyano’s computer labs.  The software was then only accessible by sitting at one of the computers that the software was installed on.  Now that the software is installed in Keyano’s Datacenter it can be accessed any Internet connected device.

o (3) The client software to connect to Keyano’s desktop is available for iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), Android devices (phones and tablets), Windows Mobile devices (Windows phone, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, and Windows 8 Pro), Linux, Windows Desktops, Mac OS X, and any HTML 5 compatible browser.  More information on each platform can be found here: https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html

(4) A tablet is a mobile computer with the processor, screen, and circuitry integrated into a single unit.  A tablet typically uses a touchscreen input instead of a mouse and keyboard.  Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 are examples of tables commonly in use.

(5) Yes, the BYOD software (VMWare Horizon View Client) is safe to install.  It is a small piece of software that allows you to interact with your Keyano desktop.  All communication between your device and the desktop in Keyano’s Datacenter is secured.

(6) There are no known viruses that can exploit the BYOD software that Keyano is using.  On top of this, all of Keyano’s desktops use an up to date virus scanner to protect against virus infection.  We encourage all end users to ensure they have virus scanners on all of their devices.  Free virus scanning software for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile can be found at http://free.avg.com.

o (7)  Any coursework or assignments can be saved onto a USB thumb drive or a cloud storage location (i.e. onedrive, dropbox, or other).

o (8)  Yes, if you lose connection or the BYOD software crashes, there is a chance that you can lose your work. Always save your work to a thumb drive or cloud provider. Save early and save often.

o (9) No, these desktops are configured to go back to default every time that someone logs in. In other words, if you change the wallpaper, leave a file on the desktop, or change any other setting, once you log off of that desktop, ALL settings will be reverted back to their original state.  Warning: DO NOT leave coursework on the C: drive or desktop. Once you log off, it will be erased.

o (10) Yes, you can print from Keyano BYOD desktop.  When you go to print, a screen will pop up asking you where you would like to print.  You can choose from the Info Commons or any of the computer labs. The info commons is listed as the default choice, so if you don’t know where your print job has gone, please check there.  More information can be found here: {Printing from within the Virtual Desktop Environment} 

o (11) Access to the college networks and software through BYOD will be restricted to students that are enrolled in Keyano College courses.

o (12) Students can access BYOD from any computer that has a Internet connection and has downloaded the Keyano College BYOD client.