RAVE or the Remotely Accessible Virtualized Environment is an NSF-funded program open to US-based academic institutions seeking to improve the state of cyber security education. RAVE reduces the effort required by instructors to provide their students with access to high-quality, hands-on labs by hosting these resources and managing the shared infrastructure. These educational resources exist within one or more Virtual Machines specially configured with an identical set of Virtual Machines deployed for each student in the course. This allows instructors to focus on teaching the course materials instead of also needing to worry about deploying and managing the hosting environment.
To get started with RAVE, instructors will need to Request an Account. Instructors can then create classes, invite students to these classes, and deploy class resources. A list of publicly available resources - referred to as scenarios - can be found on the Scenario Page. These scenarios are designed to promote hands-on, self-motivated learning, and range from single assignments to course long supplements.
The deployments are accessible through any VMware client. These clients provide standard graphical interfaces to the Virtual Machines, thus ensuring that the environment is accessible to the greatest range of students. Instructors are encouraged to test the environment and scenarios prior to using them in their course, allowing them to customize lesson plans and confirm that the resource are appropriate for their teaching objectives. Click on the link below to get started!