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MobileComputing Program at RensselaerLaptop Survey – Spring 2003

Mark Miller

Myra Williams

http://www.rpi.edu/dept/arc/thinktank/thinktank2003.ppt


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Rensselaer Overview

  • Educates the leaders of tomorrow for technologically based careers

  • 5,100 Undergraduate / 1,700 Graduate

  • Programs – Architecture, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management and Technology, Science, Information Technology


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Mobile Computing Overview

  • Laptop required for all undergraduate students

  • Rensselaer offers a standard model including software at an excellent price (new model each year)

  • Students can purchase, lease, or bring their own

  • Laptops used inside and outside of class

  • http://www.rpi.edu/laptops/


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Laptop Requirement History

  • 1995-1997 3-year voluntary pilot program

  • 1998 highly recommended - IBM ThinkPad 600

  • 1999 required of all freshmen – IBM ThinkPad 600E

  • 2000 second year of requirement – IBM ThinkPad T20

  • 2001 first refresh with return of 1999 leased systems – IBM ThinkPad T22

  • 2002 full deployment – IBM ThinkPad T30


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Mobile Computing Program (MCP) Today

  • Fourth year of Mobile Computer Program – ramp up completed

  • All undergraduate students required to have a laptop

  • About 5,500 laptops on campus


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Classroom Utilization


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Laptop Models


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Issues

  • Are laptops used for upper level classes?

  • Is a technology refresh necessary?

  • What is the student perspective after 4 years?

  • How is the Mobile Computing Program doing?

  • How should we change the MCP in the future?


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Student Survey - Process

  • Committee developed questions

  • WebCT on-line survey given in freshmen calculus classes

  • Paper surveys given in selected senior level classes

  • Paper data manually entered using Excel

  • On-line and paper data combined

  • 858 responses returned

  • Analyze data


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Student Profile

27% Female73% Male


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Laptop Profile

93% purchase or lease from Mobile Computing Program.

Over 40% of 1999 students upgraded.


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Courses and Laptops


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Q18 - Laptop Performance


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Q17 – Desktop at RPI


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Q37 – Comments

Number of unsolicited comments out of 858 surveys

** - comments similar to those from Spring 2000 survey


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Q37 – Comments (cont)

Number of unsolicited comments out of 858 surveys

** - comments similar to those from Spring 2000 survey


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Student Comments Take Away

  • Want laptop models tailored for their department, both hardware and software

  • Want more choices – IBM models, Macs, options

  • Laptops are a distraction in class

  • Want more wireless network coverage

  • Electronic Arts and Architecture students feel they need a desktop (memory, video, hard disk)


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Conclusions

  • Laptop technology enhances learning, collaboration, and workplace skills

  • Students satisfied with the Mobile Computing Program but want options

  • Laptops need to be used more in upper level classes

  • Students from some departments question value of laptop mobility versus desktop power and cost


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Changes to Consider

  • Multiple vendors, multiple models

  • Expand and tailor software offerings

  • Standard software preinstalled, students install department specific software as they need it

  • Make laptop refresh automatic

  • Increase wireless network coverage

  • Increase laptop usage in upper level classes


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