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After realizing virtually all students bring their own laptops to campus, Wisconsin liberal arts college opened an unorthodox computer lab. Colleges were once the place where many students encountered their first computer — and back then, the computer took up an entire room.
Now, with computing power in every student’s book bag and pocket, some colleges are finding the standard computer lab is no longer needed.
Norbert College is one such example. As it turned out, the number of students bringing their own devices to campus was higher than that anecdote would suggest, Lukens said. Making laptop ownership compufer requirement meant students could use their financial aid funds to pay for computers though the college also started a laptop scholarship program to cover the last few laptopless students. The growing use of personal computers and, more recently, smart devices is changing how colleges offer IT services.
Without having to acquire and maintain desktop computers, college IT offices are free to move those resources around and change their priorities. That can come as a much-needed windfall. About one-third said they began the academic year with less funding than last year. Not all colleges are able to require students to bring their own devices to campus, however. At colleges that serve mostly low-income students, for example, a laptop requirement adds an additional financial burden. Com;any also poses challenges for colleges themselves, as their networking infrastructure has to handle the crush of extra traffic.
As the before-and-after pictures show, the renovation left the new space virtually unrecognizable. Pankratz, associate professor of computer sciencewas replaced by a more communal space, with tables for small groups of students to work together, plug in their devices and display ckmpany work on large monitors, as well as movable lounge chairs, personal dry-erase boards and — crucially — a healthy supply of candy.
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Faculty members in the computer science department said they were able to influence the renovation process, including sharing thoughts on the general layout of the room and more specific wishes, such as the size of the monitors.
McVey, associate professor of computer science, said in an interview that there are some drawbacks to students bringing their own laptops to the computerlexs lab — lack of common configuration being one of them though the college offers a virtual desktop environment that anyone can log in to for a more standardized experience. Since this is only the second year the computer science faculty members are using the lab, they could not say whether it has had an impact on the way they teach.
Similarly, McVey said she likes using the lab as a space where students can show off their work.
In that setting, students use the tables and their monitors to host poster sessions. Be the first to know.
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