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Laptops Everywhere – Oasis or Mirage. SIGUCCS Management Symposium April 7, 2008 Jim Bostick. Aaarrrggghhh!!!. Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, Virginia ~32,000 Students 13 Schools Undergraduate, Graduate, and First Professional Arts, Business, Engineering, etc

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laptops everywhere oasis or mirage

Laptops Everywhere – Oasis or Mirage

SIGUCCS Management Symposium

April 7, 2008

Jim Bostick

aaarrrggghhh
Aaarrrggghhh!!!

www.ts.vcu.edu

virginia commonwealth university
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • ~32,000 Students
  • 13 Schools
    • Undergraduate, Graduate, and First Professional
    • Arts, Business, Engineering, etc
    • Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, etc

www.ts.vcu.edu

student laptop ownership
Student Laptop Ownership
  • Educause ECAR Undergraduate Study, 2006-7
    • 73.7% of all undergraduates own laptop
    • 83.9% of 18-19 year olds own laptop
  • VCU Freshman Survey 2007-8
    • 91.6% own laptop

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slide5
Poll
  • How many of you know or think that at least 80% of incoming students own laptops? 35
  • How many have laptop requirement? 3
  • How many think that
    • at least 70% carry their laptops? 1
    • 50% - 70% carry their laptops? 0
    • 25% - 50% carry their laptops? 9
    • fewer than 25% carry their laptops? 20

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what does this mean
What Does This Mean?
  • Every student owns a laptop, so computer labs are no longer needed!
  • Cost of equipping and managing labs can be recovered and used elsewhere
  • Lab space can be reclaimed and used for other purposes

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ah well maybe not
Ah, well, maybe not…
  • Hawkins and Oblinger call that a myth
    • “The Myth about the Need for Public Computer Labs, ‘Students have their own computers, so public labs are no longer needed.’” Educause Review, Sep/Oct 2007

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experience at vcu
Experience at VCU
  • Students identity additional open computer labs as 2nd in importance only to additional wireless coverage
  • Funding for additional lab easy – Student Technology Fee
  • Space an entirely different matter!
  • Provost wanted proof of need

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siguccs listserv informal survey
SIGUCCS Listserv Informal Survey
  • “With the increase in student laptop ownership, are you seeing a decrease in the need for student computer labs?”
  • 11 responses
    • 8 – no decrease or an increase in demand
      • 2 of these indicated all labs can be reserved as classrooms
      • 1 on these indicated a committee studying eliminating labs to change student behavior
    • 3 – some decrease in demand

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slide10
Poll
  • Do you provide student computer labs?
    • Yes - 35 No - 0
  • Do your open labs also serve as classrooms?
    • No - 8 Yes, some - 25 Yes, all - 0
  • What demand are you seeing for student computer labs?
    • Decrease - 1 No change - 9 Increase - 14

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what did vcu do
What Did VCU Do?
  • Provost provided space
    • Smaller than the funds we had for PCs
    • Had to double as a classroom
  • Great ideas
    • Collaborative work areas
    • Large monitors, software for team work
  • Reality
    • 30 seats required for classroom
    • Standard rows w/ instructor in front only way to accomplish

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discussion
Discussion
  • How Are You Meeting Demand?
    • Open labs double as classrooms?
    • Reduce/close labs to force students to carry laptops?
    • Virtual labs?
    • Other???

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Jim Bostick

Director, User Services

Virginia Commonwealth University

[email protected]

www.ts.vcu.edu

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