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Through AWS Educate, students and educators have access to Amazon's cloud services to develop their skills in a quickly growing field. Students are given credit to use on Amazon's cloud services without signing up with a credit card. Educators can manage their classes, student, and the credit available to their students.

Getting Started
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Sign up as an educator at
  2. Wait for your application to be approved by AWS
  3. Once approved you can start requesting credits for your classrooms under "Classroom and Credits"

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    Who is a good fit for AWS Educate?

    Membership to AWS Educate is open to all AWS-approved accredited educational institutions, educators, and students including BYU. If you are a student wanting to learn AWS or and educator wanting to use AWS in your classes, AWS Educate is perfect for you. AWS customers and partners can tap into this community of cloud-skilled job candidates free of charge.

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    What is the difference between an AWS Starter Account and an AWS Account?

    Students invited by their educator to join AWS Educate can receive an AWS Educate Starter Account, which offers students no-cost access to a specified, capped amount of AWS cloud resources without requiring a credit card for payment. The account provides access to most AWS Cloud services but does not allow for post-graduation portability. View the services supported with an AWS Educate Starter account.

    Educators have the option to sign up with an AWS account or an AWS Educate Starter account. Selecting an AWS account allows for the greatest amount of flexibility, access to AWS services, eligibility for AWS Free Tier in year one and a larger AWS Promotional Credit amount. The AWS Educate Starter account is a great alternative only if you do not have access to a credit card.

    The ability to sign up with an AWS account is only available to educator members.

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    What is AWS Promotional Credit?

    AWS Promotional Credit is an amount credited to your AWS account or AWS Educate Starter account that allow you to use AWS services without incurring fees. AWS Educate students invited to an AWS Educate Classroom by their educator receive AWS Promotional Credit to practice the skills they learn through pathways and badges to continue to gain increasing expertise in cloud technology and AWS services.

    Educators can work with students to use AWS Promotional Credit on a variety of classroom assignments and activities using AWS services.

    Note that the ability to sign up with an AWS account is only available to educator members.


Managing and organizing your class is easy with GitHub Classroom. Track and manage assignments in your dashboard, grade work automatically, and help students when they get stuck— all while using GitHub, the industry-standard tool developers use.

Getting Started
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Sign in to your personal GitHub account
  2. Determine the correct Organization within GitHub Classroom for your department
    1. You will need a GitHub Organization that is linked to the CES Enterprise
    2. Ask your CSR if an Organization already exists which you can use
    3. If not, contact and they will set one up for you.
  3. Once signed in, follow the prompts on the screen to set up your classrooms

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    How is GitHub Educate related to GitHub Classroom?

    GitHub Classroom is one of the products under GitHub Education. To see all their products click here

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    Does GitHub Classroom integrate with Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Canvas and Learning Suite?

    Currently, you can automatically pull class rosters from Canvas to a GitHub Classroom. This feature isn't supported on Learning Suite so students will have to be entered manually. Assignments graded by on GitHub Classroom will not write back to Canvas or Learning Suite meaning grades must be entered manually by a TA or professor. Improved LMS integration is on the roadmap for GitHub as well as OIT.


Service Workbench on AWS allows researchers to quickly and securely stand up research environments and conduct experiments without having to navigate cloud infrastructure. By automating the creation of research workspaces, simplifying data access, and providing price transparency, researchers and IT departments can focus on achieving research missions and completing essential work.

Getting Started
Frequently Asked Questions

  • Currently, there is a demo Service Workbench available to get a feel for the service and better understand its usage. This is available at
  • If you have more questions or would like a walkthrough on the demo, feel free to schedule a meeting with the Cloud Office 
  • If you'd like to get a Service Workbench set up for you, your department, or group, send an email to the Cloud Office

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    Do I need a technical background to get started with Service Workbench?

    No! Service Workbench is a solution designed to help researchers quickly and effortlessly leverage AWS services without having to worry about complex cloud infrastructure.