[unisog] Laptop-Only Academic Computing Environments
stan at temple.edu
Sat Apr 26 10:32:05 GMT 2003
On Fri, 25 Apr 2003 rossd at cns.me.berkeley.edu wrote:
> Hello Everyone-
> I apologize to those that are seeing this mutiple times, as I am
> cross-posting the Unisog, EDUCAUSE and Windows2000-HiEd lists to
> solicit feedback from the broadest cross-section of my peers. I was
> hoping to get some feedback from other university computer
> professionals that have experienced the infrastructure change of going
> from desktop to pure laptop environments. There is some discussion
> among the engineering faculty about converting all of our desktop
> computer labs to laptops only for students, and I was hoping to see if
> anyone had any pertinent insight on the following issues: (of course,
> feel free to answer as much as you feel comfortable doing)
Why make such a conversion? I am sitting here in my parents' home while
visiting and while using my own Powerbook laptop. In the month I have
owned this laptop, it has become an important tool for me, but I cannot
imagine why a university would convert all its own labs to laptop
machines. What is the advantage to making such a conversion?
> 6. If someone told you they had decided to do this, what advice would you
> give them?
Don't. A hybrid model is much better; one where a portion of the seats in
labs is available to students to connect up their own laptops wirelessly
or wired in order to take advantage of a university's local network and
physical lab resources.
> Also, if your university looked at this proposition, and decided
> against doing so, what were the reasons?
This is my own opinion now, not necessarily my employer's. To the best of
my knowledge, this issue has not confronted us.
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