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Mobile Computing Program at Rensselaer Laptop Survey – Spring 2003. Mark Miller Myra Williams http://www.rpi.edu/dept/arc/thinktank/thinktank2003.ppt. Rensselaer Overview. Educates the leaders of tomorrow for technologically based careers 5,100 Undergraduate / 1,700 Graduate

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mobile computing program at rensselaer laptop survey spring 2003

MobileComputing Program at RensselaerLaptop Survey – Spring 2003

Mark Miller

Myra Williams

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

rensselaer overview
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
mobile computing overview
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/
laptop requirement history
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
mobile computing program mcp today
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
issues
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?
student survey process
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
student profile
Student Profile

27% Female 73% Male

laptop profile
Laptop Profile

93% purchase or lease from Mobile Computing Program.

Over 40% of 1999 students upgraded.

q37 comments
Q37 – Comments

Number of unsolicited comments out of 858 surveys

** - comments similar to those from Spring 2000 survey

q37 comments cont
Q37 – Comments (cont)

Number of unsolicited comments out of 858 surveys

** - comments similar to those from Spring 2000 survey

student comments take away
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)
conclusions
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
changes to consider
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