Thomas L. Hausmann wrote:
>> It might be interesting to see where the need for a computing lab
>> falls on
>> the student's list of needs for the building. It finally wasn't high
>> our students.
>> Cathy Doyle
> Are there other labs in secure areas adjacent to other amenities
> (like food?) I believe the days of large, open general purpose labs
> are gone in favor of smaller curricular labs. Students are bringing
> their own machines or participate in institutional laptop plans...and
> therefore the need for general labs is reduced.
We do have more laptops these days, but not all of our students can
afford them yet (and a lot fewer will be able to if we keep raising
tuition like we have been!) IT's labs are close by and don't allow
food, ours are across the way and do allow food in the lab.
I'm divided on smaller curricular labs. On one hand, they're near the
professors, which is helpful if the student has a problem. You don't
have to buy software for the entire campus and clutter up the general
labs. It does seem, however, that some of them aren't open all that
often, thus leading students to come to places like the library to
inquire if we have a copy of the program they need to complete an
assignment which is due Monday at 8 a.m. The age old problem....
Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA 23606
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