Columbian Cloud FAQs


How must storage is allocated?

Each department receives a one-time 250GB storage allocation, each staff member receives a 20GB storage allocation, and each faculty member receives a 100GB storage allocation.  


What are Cloud Courses?

The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) faculty members have the option of leveraging the Columbian Cloud for use with instruction to offer Cloud Courses.


What do Cloud Courses Include?

Cloud Courses include:

  • Network accounts for students and instructors, to be used for accessing CCAS computer labs.
  • Access to virtualized software via XenApp; SPSS and Microsoft Office are included by default. (A full list can be found here. Please note, software license restrictions may apply.)
  • Network storage for students and instructors, including a private folder to share between the instructor and each student. 


How Much Storage is Allocated for Cloud Courses?

  • Shared Course Folder ("Course Share"): Every Columbian College course taught on Cloud receives a 10 GB shared folder for distributing files to students and instructors.
    • Location: The Course Share will appear as a mapped drive on Windows machines with the drive letter S:\, and on Mac machines as students-group$ in Finder.
      • Course Share folders will be titled [Department] [Course Number].[Course Section] [Course Title] [Semester] (e.g. S:\GEOG 6293.81 Special Topics 201403) 
    • Instructor Shared: This folder can be used as a "distribution" folder for Course files. Instructors have access to write to the folder, while students can only read. This would be used to distribute files to a class, without worrying that a student may overwrite the contents of the folder. 
    • Class-Shared: This folder can be used to share files amongst the entire class. Both instructors and students have read and write access to the entire folder. This would be used for course activities that require collaboration.
  • Course Folders for Students/Instructors ("Student Folders"): Course Shares include a separate folder for each student enrolled in the course, private folders shared with only the instructor.
    • Location: Student Folders located within the Course Share folder.
      • Student Folders are titled [Student Last Name], [First Name] - [ColumbianID] (e.g. "Smith, John - jsmith" is the folder name. It would be located at S:\GEOG 6293.81 Special Topics 201403\Smith, John - jsmith"e"
    • Permissions: Student folders are accessible only by the students they are named after, and the instructors of the course.
      • The intention for these folders is for assignment submission and other private file sharing between instructors and individual students.