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 Fall 2012 Courseware Load
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IT-supported Classrooms,  Labs, and Course Management & Collaboration Tools

Computers in IT-supported classrooms and labs are equipped with software used in Rice courses, which means that students are not required to purchase their own copies or bring their own computers to Rice.  

List of Software in IT-supported Classrooms and Labs

IT funds software applications that are used campus-wide or by a significant number of students and instructors.  Each April, three reminder messages are emailed to all Rice faculty members soliciting their software requirements for the next year.  Software that is not utilized by a significant portion of the campus is usually purchased by the department requesting the specialized application.  Over 150 core software applications are loaded onto each IT-supported computer in classrooms and labs across the campus.

  • Core PC Load - software applications on IT-supported Windows classroom and lab computers
  • Core OS X Load - software applications on IT-supported Apple/Mac classroom and lab computers
  • Core Linux Load - software applications on IT-supported Linux classroom and lab computers - available only in Ryon Lab 102

Over 100 classrooms have been equipped with Rice Podiums, providing easy access to technology. Educational technologies range from simple to sleek: Macs, PCs, and projectors are installed in all podiums. Recent additions to some classroom podiums include widescreen projection, DVI laptop connections, document cameras, Blu-ray DVD players, and touch panel interfaces. 

OWL-Space - Course Management and Collaboration

Many instructors post class notes, syllabi, and other resources in class pages in OWL-Space.  Every Rice course is automatically set up in OWL-Space, but the OWL-Space course site must be first be activated by the instructor before students can access the site. When students or instructors log into OWL-Space with your Rice NetID and password, each of your courses (which have been activated in OWL-Space) will automatically appear as a tab in the top navigation bar in your workspace. Contact edtech at rice dot edu or call x8220 for assistance with OWL-Space issues.


    Educational Technologies team members offer training at the beginning of each semester for various teaching tools.  For more information see the list of training sessions:


    Replaces Owlnet

    A new Linux cluster for students and faculty was released in Fall 2009.  Curricular Linux Environment at Rice (CLEAR) is funded, managed, and supported by professional IT staff with over a decade of experience supporting Linux enviroments in higher education.  CLEAR replaced the previous Linux environment known as Owlnet.

    • CLEAR - a PowerPoint overview for Linux aficionados 
     Last updated: December 06, 2013 by: Quincy Christian