Veyon – Monitor Students Computer Activity

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The Veyon Logo

Veyon is open source and offers a collection of applications that allows teachers to monitor students’ computer activity. This is done from the teacher’s computer. This makes it easier to check on your students’ activities and not to have to rely on the tell-tale signs of giggling or the student who constantly looks to see if you’re paying attention. Let’s take a look at Veyon.

Ease of Configuration

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The Veyon configuration window

Upon installation, users can run the configuration component right from their main menu.  This component employs an interface that is approachable.  Before entering this phase, I would recommend having all of the information regarding your computer, the network to which its connected and the computers students will be using.  From here, users can set up Veyon and its components, or modules, as needed.  Looking at the screenshot, the categories for configuration can be seen on the left.  A few items of note are Authentication, where the administrator account and password are configured, Rooms & computers where computers and rooms covered by the current installation are set up, and Rooms & computers, where rooms and computers to be covered  by Veyon are created.

One-stop Control with Veyon Master

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The Veyon Master window

Veyon Master is the module from which the educator works.  It offers a user-friendly interface, predominantly via the horizontal panel of buttons at the top of the screen and tabs at the bottom of the screen  for additional functionality.  From here, an educator has complete control over those connected via Veyon Services, the student component of Veyon.  Looking at the screenshot at right gives an idea of what can be accomplished through Veyon Master.  Teachers can use Remote View to see what is on students’ screens currently.  Remotely, teachers can lock all computers to regain student attention.  Teachers can use Window demo to share an open window on their computers with students.  Educators can even take remote screenshots of students’ computers.  The default mode, Monitoring, allows teachers to just monitor student computers.  Computers in the network can also be simultaneously and remotely turned on, powered down and rebooted.  Teachers can even send individual text messages to students through Veyon.

Backwards Compatibility with LDAP/AD Support

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Authentication is always required for teacher logons.

Some readers may be thinking “Well, this is great, but will I still be able to use files on our LDAP/ActiveDirectory server from our previous system?”  (For those not in the know, this is the format used by earlier computer management software.)  The good news is that the answer is “Yes, you can!”  To utilize these files, simply configure the LDAP module.  From that point on, Veyon will automatically update computer and room data.

Conclusion

I’ve only touched on a few of its features here and I recommend you experience it for yourself.  Veyon offers everything teachers need to control their students’ online learning experiences.   With this application in place, supervising these activities becomes easier and can free teachers up to work with students who may need additional support or to observe student performance, among other things.  It will definitely make it easier to teach.  Veyon is available for Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Resources

Veyon Web Site

Veyon Administrator Manual

References

Junghans, T.  (2018).  Veyon [computer software].  GNU General Public License.

Junghans, T.  (12 August 2018).  Veyon administrator manual.  GNU General Public License.  Retrieved from https://media.readthedocs.org/pdf/veyon-admin-manual/latest/veyon-admin-manual.pdf.