Ubiquitous Laptop Computing:
Lessons Learned by Early Adopters
October 29, 2001
Larry Bryant, Director, Academic Computing, USAFA, Larry.Bryant@usafa.af.mil
- +Look for the best value by
a fixing a ceiling price for vendor bidding
platforms for all students and faculty offer many advantages
- +Disk imaging is the way to
prepared for students to try anything on your network
- -Maintenance of the student
computers can either “make or break” your plan.
the temptation to jump on popular bandwagons
John Oberlin, Associate Vice Chancellor and IT Executive
Director, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
- +It’s nothing new, it’s
just a commitment to do things well.
- +The most important
implementation committee is the communication committee
- +Developing the support
infrastructure is more difficult than the technical.
that were previously thought to be unmanageable become possible.
doesn’t integrate technology into the curriculum, it only makes it
doesn’t solve everything, but it does everything better.
Jennifer Bolt, Director, AITT, Acadia Institute for Teaching
and Technology email@example.com
- +The real advantages of
mobile computing are the empowerment and increased confidence of the
- +The opportunities to
enhance the learning environment through mobility computing are
far-reaching and go beyond improving classroom academics.
tolerance for failure and an environment that values innovation are
must make a conscious effort to “stick to our knitting.”
emphasis upon implementation resulted in a loss of opportunity to do
- - Expectations must be
William Peterson, Professor of Mathematics, University of
- +Development of effective
academic uses is essential.
not about you, it’s all about the student.
support for development is critical.
- –Set the technology fee
high enough to support the program
infrastructure to support the laptop computers is essential.
- –Reliability is a key
Jan Biros, Associate VP, Information Resources and
Technology, Drexel University firstname.lastname@example.org
- +Put as many services as
possible on the website
- +Build a cadre of students
who continue top work over time and can be relied upon to do higher levels
and facilitate greater communication on campus related to technology
issues, changes, policies, and such.
- -Provide ongoing training
for professional staff, both internal and external.
of how long faculty have been involved in integrating technology into
their courses, they still require extensive support.
support staff by skills and specialties.
Steve Landry, CIO, Seton Hall University email@example.com
David G. Brown, VP and Dean of ICCEL, Wake Forest
- +Our most effective courses
are hybrid, about 80% face-to-face and 20% virtual.
- +The greatest gains from
computers come from increased communication between classes, not during
services to the local level as much as possible.
- –Use a commercial course
project management is essential, especially during start up.
pilot year is essential.
Elaborations of these points are available at http://www.wfu.edu/~brown/educause/educauseind.htm
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