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Thursday – Nov. 7, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University Office of Information Technology was presented the Postsecondary Institution Technology Award at the ConnectKentucky Tech Day event held today at NKU.

The department won the award for its work on the virtual desktop – a software solution that allows students, faculty and staff to access the software installed on lab computers from their own devices (BYOD) any time of day from anywhere they have Internet access.

This solution was recognized because anytime, anywhere access to software resources fosters student success; saves money by extending the replacement cycles for lab machines, allowing for quicker software installations and investment in other ever-changing technologies; and saves energy by using energy-efficient servers rather than multiple desktops, contributing to NKU’s green initiatives.

Via the virtual desktop, students have 24/7 access to specialized software, such as statistical analysis, they need to complete coursework without incurring any additional cost either from purchasing software or by commuting to campus during lab hours to complete assignments. The solution supports the increasing mobility needs of students and fits better into the busy lifestyle of both campus and online learners. Such a solution also opens the doors to creating additional online classes previously out of reach due to software costs and restraints. Adding flexibility while removing physical and financial barriers is part of NKU’s overall effort to increase student success and graduation rates.

Doug Wells, Paul Ritter, Matt Campbell and Patrick Towles make up the team that accepted the honor for their work on the two-year project.

Tim Ferguson, NKU associate provost and chief information officer, further explains, “Implementing virtual desktops is an important part of our overall strategy to meet the increasing mobility of students, faculty and staff. Plus, the cost savings generated by virtual desktop allows NKU to repurpose funds into updating other technology on campus that impacts student learning, such as smart classrooms and seamless wireless networks.”

Tech Day was hosted in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium, an ideal venue to honor those making technological advances in the commonwealth. ConnectKentucky Tech Day is an opportunity to better understand and promote the benefits of broadband technology in our government, schools, healthcare facilities, libraries, businesses, communities and homes. The event featured prominent technology speakers and advocates providing current views on technology and broadband initiatives at the state and national level.

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