Before you can create a class, you first need to prepare the Blueprint that will be used for its environment. For more details, see Create Virtual Training.
From the Training menu, select Create Class. The Create Class wizard is displayed:
Fill out the General details:
Enter a name for the class.
Instructor-Led (Classic). Students invited to this Class Type participate in the Class simultaneously with an Instructor during a preset time period.
Self-Paced. Each student invited to this Class Type can access the Class at a time that is convenient for them, until the end of the time period set for the Class. Each student has access to a personal lab, which can be used anytime during the preset time period.
Select the project to be used for the class. The class will use a Blueprint and an Instructor from that project.
If this appears and is enabled, select the Team that will be assigned to the Class.
Choose CloudShare Cloud / Region
If multiple regions are enabled for the project, choose which CloudShare region to launch the class from.
Make sure the Blueprint you want to use for the class is available on the region you are launching the class from. For information about working with regions, click here.
Blueprint / Multi-Step
Choose the Blueprint you want to base the class on. The students attending the class will be served copies of an environment based on the Blueprint you choose.
To optionally define a multi-step class that follows a sequence of Blueprints, click Multi-Step. For complete details on creating multi-step classes, click here .
Select External Cloud Provider Region (Displayed when using an External Cloud)
Select the Region where the external cloud provider should create the class.
This field enables you to specify a unique Region for each instance of a selected class.
The values listed will depend on your cloud provider, and on the specific Regions which are enabled for your class.
To support technical or cost considerations, classes can be restricted to usage only in selected Regions. For more details, contact your CloudShare Support representative.
For Azure, only Regions which support Azure Resource Groups will be available for selection.
For more details on Regions, see the selected cloud provider's documentation.
Zone (GCP only)
For GCP, select a Zone where GCP will create the class. Each GCP Region supports different Zones.
This field enables you to specify a unique Zone, as well as a unique Region, for each instance of a selected class.
For more details on Zones, see GCP documentation.
Choose the policy that will control the runtime and storage time of each student's environment and what action is taken when the environment is inactive.
To review the policy you chose, hover over the button.
If the policy you need doesn't exist, click create a new policy to create one.
Select the class Instructor. This is a CloudShare project member who controls the class from the Instructor console. The Instructor will receive an email notification of the class assignment, unless this notification is disabled in your project settings.
These options enable some useful reporting capabilities when a class is running.
Allow Instructor to report connectivity issue for students.
All Instructor to report screen-sharing or connectivity issue with own environment.
Click Next Step - Class Time and set the Class opens and Class closes times and the Time Zone. Notice that the currently selected class duration is displayed for your convenience.
Click Next Step - Class Access and modify the details of how students will access the class.
When class creation is complete, you will be able to register students for the class.
The passphrase that students will need to enter in order to enter the class. A passphrase is generated for you, which you can modify if desired.
Enter the maximum number of students you want to allow in the class. You will be able to add students after the class is created.
This field may be disabled in your project settings. To enable this field, go to Management > Projects, click the project name, then click Edit and check Set maximum number of students per class. You must be a Project Manager to enable it.
Allow only registered students
Selecting Yes from this dropdown menu limits class access to only those who are in your current student list.
When you select No, any unregistered user who has the class link and passphrase will be able to enter the class. They will be required to provide their email, first name and last name and will be added as students to the class.
This field may be disabled in your project settings. To enable this field, go to Management > Projects, click the project name, then click Edit and check Permit access to non-registered students per class. You must be a Project Manager to enable it.
Choose early access options
This option controls access by students to a lab before the scheduled class time.
Enabling early access allows a student to perform such activities as uploading files, reading class materials and reviewing lab exercises.
Allow lab access before class (default)
Allow lab access before class for Instructor only
No early access allowed
When enabled, a student can access the lab up to 30 minutes prior to class start.
When early access is disabled, if a student attempts to access the lab prior to class start time, a notification is displayed informing them that the class has not start yet.
By default, the class Instructor always has access to a lab. If the No early access allowed option is selected, the Instructor will not be able to create an Instructor Environment prior to class start.
This field may be disabled in your project settings. To enable this field, go to Management > Projects, click the project name, then click Edit and check Show Early Class Access Options. You must be a Project Manager to enable it.
Share Instructor's Cloud Folder with all students
If checked, the Instructor's Cloud Folder is shared with all students in the class. The Instructor can switch Cloud Folder sharing on and off at any time from the Instructor Console or the Class Details page.
When Cloud Folder sharing is on, the Instructor's Cloud Folder is mounted on every VM in every student's environment.
This field may be disabled in your project settings. To enable this field, go to Management > Projects, click the project name, then click Edit and check Enable Instructor to share their Cloud Folders with all students in class. You must be a Project Manager to enable it.
Cloud Folder mounting requires VMWare tools. The Cloud Folder will not appear on any VMs that are not running VMWare tools.
Allow more than one environment activation per student
If checked, it will be possible for a student to access the Class multiple times using sequential environment instances.
By default, this is not checked, which means that only one environment instance can be accessed by a student for the Class.
Student Invitation Email
Click to edit the student invitation email. For more information, click here.
Click Next Step - Class Location and optionally enter the class location details.
The location step may be disabled in your project settings. To enable this step, go to Management > Projects, click the project name, then click Edit and check Set location per class. You must be a Project Manager to enable it.
Click Confirm Create Class.
Your class is created and you are redirected to the Class Details page.
Once you complete class creation, you can:
Edit a Class - Edit the existing details of the class such as access settings, custom properties, team associations, collaboration capabilities, and more.
Customize the Viewer for a Class - Add resources or content and tailor the Viewer that will be used for each class.
Register students for a Class - Add and invite participants for the class.