The Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) provides remote access to select academic software via the Internet. As licensing permits, software applications that are available in Windows-based Collaborate instructional labs can be used by UCSB students from any computer with a reliable Internet connection as long as a VCL has been added by the instructor to a GauchoSpace site. Students can make use of software without being dependent on access to a physical lab and without having to purchase software licenses for personal computers. The VCL service is only accessible through GauchoSpace courses and project sites.
As with the instructional labs, in order to accommodate license and system management requirements, software requests for a VCL must be made by the end of week nine of the current quarter - prior to the quarter when it's needed. For example, a software title needed for summer quarter must be requested by the end of the 9th week of spring quarter. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure that titles can be added. Please note also that each request must be evaluated. Simply emailing a request doesn't guarantee that the software will be available for a VCL image.
For more information or if you have questions, please fill out a Help Request Form.