No, VUMIE works independently of the Admin Console. There are no features of the student software limited by an instructor not using Admin Console.
This is a separate software package that instructors can use to organize and direct the work done by their students. It is free and easy to use. An instructor can assign specific unknowns and Case Studies (not randomly!) to insure students get to work with specific microbes – or to insure all students get their own unique microbes. Instructors can monitor ongoing work to provide helpful suggestions and correct common mistakes they see students making. We see it used more frequently at health professions schools, but many schools choose not to use it and stick with VUMIE as a standalone product.