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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

SIGUCCS Management Symposium

April 7, 2008

Jim Bostick


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Aaarrrggghhh!!!

www.ts.vcu.edu


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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


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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

www.ts.vcu.edu


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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?

  • 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…

  • 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

  • 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

www.ts.vcu.edu


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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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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?

  • 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

  • How Are You Meeting Demand?

    • Open labs double as classrooms?

    • Reduce/close labs to force students to carry laptops?

    • Virtual labs?

    • Other???

www.ts.vcu.edu


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Jim Bostick

Director, User Services

Virginia Commonwealth University

[email protected]

www.ts.vcu.edu


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