Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Ubiquitous Computing J.I.Mathers Sept. 2002.

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Slide 1Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Ubiquitous Computing J.I.Mathers Sept. 2002 Slide 2 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching What is Ubiquitous Computing? Oxford Dictionary present everywhere or in several places IBM Thinkpad Laptop with wireless connectivity Slide 3 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Agenda Laptop/wireless Case Study RGU Perspective Bluetooth PDA and GPRS Tablet PC Slide 4 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Ubiquitous Computing All students have laptops. No student labs with PCs. Wireless networks across campus. Access provided from common rooms and open areas. Slide 5 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching University of N. Carolina A public state funded university. 15,400 u/gs and 8,780 p/gs. 2,420 staff 1000 seats in student labs Facing renovation costs of 3.3m Annual PC replacement of 440,000 (3 yr cycle) Slide 6 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching U of NC Starting Point Grant generating schools had resources. Grant challenged schools did not. 65% had access to own computer. Lowest common denominator was inadequate. Slide 7 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching What did U of NC do? Set out to fill the 35% gap. Laptop a requirement for every student. Introduced a life cycling program for staff and students over 3 yrs. Student financial support in form of loan or grant. KEY - local wireless for open spaces and classrooms. Slide 8 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching UK Universities Strathclyde Warwick Scottish Universities Slide 9 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Benefits to RGU - 1 Potentially significant cost savings. Consider buy, rent or partly funded. Latest technology for all students and staff 24 x 7 availability Standardisation brings better service and more controlled costs Slide 10 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Benefits to RGU - 2 Laptops can be used in home, library or lecture rooms. Removes the annual PC replacement debate. LCD is a laptop with access to the Intranet. Slide 11 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching RGU Issues High percentage of students live at home. Funding of laptops Laptops in the classroom Security of laptops during the day Find a partner Slide 12 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching IT Future Strategy Recognition that students will arrive with PDA and PC Want to connect on campus and at home Connect halls of residences VPN providing H drives Novell 6 provides full access remotely Slide 13 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching IT Strategy - Issues Software licences Various PCs and PDAs Security of access Speed at present 11 mbs vs 100 mbs Slide 14 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Bluetooth? Nothing to do with the dentist Technology standard using short-range radio links replacing cables Aim is for one Bluetooth device to connect anywhere to any other in its proximity whatever manufacturer. Slide 15 Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Other Devices PDA with wireless connection GPRS Tablet PC

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