myCSULA Tools (Anytime, On-demand Software Applications)
As the notion of ubiquitous computing continues to evolve rapidly, the challenge is to deliver applications as an on-demand service to any CSULA faculty, in any location, at any time, on any device. The answer to this challenge is an exciting new service offering - myCSULA Tools.
myCSULA Tools provides virtual instances of many software applications to faculty in any location with an Internet connection. These applications can be run on a variety of devices, including PCs, MACs, iPads, Android tablets, iPhones, Android phones, and a host of other devices. The only limiting factor is whether the screen on the device can display the results in a readable fashion and whether the Citrix Receiver application is available for the device. There is little set-up on the device and there is no need to have a software license for the product. And, faculty can run the entire desktop operating system through myCSULA Tools.
In addition to the ease of use, myCSULA Tools is fully secure. There is a dedicated firewall, SSL security and granular access rights. myCSULA Tools programs run on a server secured within the CSULA data center, with only results shown on the faculty's device. All communications between the device and the campus server are encrypted. Also,each faculty's activities are retained separately from everyone else's, so there is no concern for others on the server being allowed to see another work.
The following applications are now available. Over time, as dictated by need and if virtual licenses are available from software vendors, additional applications will be added.
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Access
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Internet Explorer 9
- (Microsoft Office 2013 coming soon)
How Do I Get Started?
Setup instructions for myCSULA Tools is available at http://www.calstatela.edu/its/services/software/tools/.
Training information is under development and will be available soon.