College of Arts & Letters

AL Student Lab Documentation


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Apple Remote Desktop

Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) is a utility that lets the instructor observe and control the stations in a computer lab. It is commonly used to blank out screens during a lecture, or show someones station screen to the class. There are many other features to help with lab administration but for our setup the instructors are limited to screen interactions.

Where is the Remote Desktop Application

Instructors can use ARD from the instructors station in the Mac labs. Only those stations have the serial numbers to allow the Remote Desktop application to run. You can find it in the Applications folder. On first run you will be asked to set an access password so someone cannot sit down and mess with the lab stations when you are not around. There may also be some questions about report schedules, just select the default settings and continue on.

Creating a list of lab stations

Remote Desktop does not start with the lab pre-configured. A list must be created with your login information. When you run Remote Desktop a SCANNER group will show you the nearby stations that are currently online. Be sure to select the correct stations from the list or you may end up controlling the computers in the next class and upsetting the other instructors. Select the stations in your lab and click the (+) at the bottom of the list and select New List from Selection