Wireless Laptop Computing: A New Direction in Student Computing


Over the past year, the installation of a wireless laptop network has been part of a fundamental change in the way Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health has approached student computing. The wireless network has been one part of a three-part approach to making analysis and presentation of public health data an integral part of the curriculum. The two other parts include a pilot program of laptop computing involving 200 students to-date in acquiring laptop computers at reasonable cost, and the creation of a faculty resource center to facilitate faculty in adding an electronic component to their courses.This paper describes the school's efforts to date including: a brief history of the changes made over the last three years to the school's academic and administrative computing environment; the implementation of the wireless network; a status report of the student laptop pilot, including summary of the data collected on student computer use during the first year of the pilot; and future plans for student and faculty computing.

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