WCE Impact: 3,465 computer labs equipped

While computer labs are generally multipurpose, some labs may contain computers with hardware or software optimized for certain tasks or processes, depending on the needs of the institution operating the lab. These specialized purposes may include video editing, stock trading, 3-D computer-aided design, programming, and GIS.[ Increasingly, these have become the main purposes for the existence of traditional desktop-style computer labs, due to rising ownership of inexpensive personal computers making use of the lab only necessary when the expensive, specialized software and more powerful computers needed to run it are required.

n some settings, traditional desktop computer labs are impractical due to the requirement of a dedicated space. Because of this, some labs use laptop carts instead of desktop setups, in order to both save space and give the lab some degree of mobility. In the context of academic institutions, some traditional desktop computer labs are being phased out in favor of other solutions judged to be more efficient given that most students own personal laptops. One of these solutions is a virtual lab, which can allow users to install software from the lab server onto their own laptops or log into virtual machines remotely, essentially turning their own laptops into lab machines

A media lab (often referred to as “new media lab” or “media research lab”) is a term used for interdisciplinary organizations, collectives or spaces with the main focus on new media, digital culture and technology. The MIT Media Lab is a well-known example of a media lab.

Michigan Tech IT maintains 40 computing spaces across campus. These range from traditional settings—labs with desktop computers to wireless lounges for relaxing or studying between classes—to spaces designed specifically for collaboration, equipped with workspaces, white boards, and LCD screens. In the Van Pelt and Opie Library, there are computers and printers available to students, faculty and staff on every floor; collaboration areas and pods are also available for quiet, private study.

AppsAnywhere is installed on all Windows lab computers on this webpage. It makes software available to the Windows computers through its web-based Application Catalog. For more information, visit the AppsAnywhere knowledge base.

All university lab computers are equipped with the Campus Common Core Software package and have the ability to print to any HuskyPrint station on campus. The IT Support Center also has articles on a variety of printing issues.

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