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1 The Future of Computer Labs Presented by the TWU Students Advisory Committee for Technology (StudentsACT) Spring 2015 Tech Talks

2 Why computer labs? (or who cares?) The majority of today’s learners: ● Favor active, participatory, experiential learning ● Highly social, both face-to-face & online ● Digital natives (or at least digitally savvy) ● Time is constrained: commuters, part-to-full-time work, families ● Rely on the internet & peers for information How computer labs can meet students’ needs ● Specialized hardware and software ● Places to study and socialize Brill et al. (2007) Oblinger (2006)

3 How are our labs used?

4 Current Use Survey Results

5 45% of respondents use the Library & Megalab as primary labs Between 8-12% use Houston lab, Dallas lab, Student Union labs, Dorm/Dept labs, & ASB % found lab hours adequate to meet needs

6 We’ve seen a big shift toward portable devices. Students no longer want to be tied to a computer lab to complete their work. Rather, they want the ability to work from anywhere, at any time. Bob Dively, Exec. Dir. of Operations & Infrastructure Columbus State University

7 Student Portable Devices Dahlstrom & Bichsel (2014)

8 Portable Device Spaces

9 Lounge Spaces

10 Work Stations

11 Portable Device, Lounge & Work Spaces Potential Benefits ● Meet student needs ● Enhance reputation & visual appeal ● Free-up support staff ● Reduce cost of computer refreshes Potential Roadblocks ●Start-up costs ●Lack of space ●Infrastructure limitations ●Institutional Culture

12 Virtual Computer Lab Image from Apache VCL: https://vcl.apache.org/

13 Virtual Computer Lab Potential Benefits ● Expand services to 100% online students ● Reclaim space ● Provide 24/7 student access to software ● Free-up support staff ● Reduce cost in computer refreshes Potential Roadblocks ●Hardware startup costs ●University culture ●Software licensing restrictions ●Security

14 Innovative Learning Spaces

15 Potential Benefits ● Meet student needs ● Greater student learning outcomes ● Enhance reputation & visual appeal ● Free-up support staff ● Reduce cost of computer refreshes Potential Roadblocks ●Start-up costs ●Lack of space ●Infrastructure limitations ●Institutional Culture

16 Other Possibilities ● More Macs ● Color printing ● Air printing Image from

17 What is the future of computer labs? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/twulabs You tell us!

18 References Brill, Rick, Brian Burchett, John Hendersen, Susan Simkowski. (2007)“Are computer labs becoming passé?” University of Wisconsin System. Retrieved from: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=https%3A%2F %2Fwww.educause.edu%2Fir%2Flibrary%2Fpdf%2FMWR07095B.pdf&ei=zs_7VLnUNcK- ggTqx4DQDQ&usg=AFQjCNHV0BTzezyxDertO2Yv3gDepnaiTg&sig2=s3R9x3mkLFuFgoAqOMZIqw&bvm=bv ,d.eXY Dahlstrom, Eden, and Jacqueline Bichsel. ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, Research report. Louisville, CO: ECAR, October Available from EDUCAUSE on campus. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oblinger, D. G. (Ed.). (2006). Learning spaces. Retrieved from: Most images courtesy of Steelcase:

19 Spring 2015 Tech Talks Up Next: April 23 Your Health: The Next Wave of Personal Technology TWU Technology + TWU Fitness & Rec 2:00 p.m. in ACT 301 with videoconference to Dallas 8720 and Houston 7305


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