Green Computer Science Courses!  We’re going mobile! Gary Hill, Espen Svennevik & Scott Turner Department of Computing & I...
Content: <ul><li>The problem </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of specialist laboratory facilities (Benefits/Issues)  </li></ul><u...
The Problem: <ul><li>Traditionally technical computing courses have been taught using laboratories full of expensive deskt...
Removal of specialist laboratory facilities: <ul><li>The  benefits and issues , related to the  “removal of specialist com...
Going Mobile (Green?) – How? (1)  <ul><li>It has been suggested that: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mobile wireless technologies are...
Going Mobile (Green?) – How? (2)  <ul><li>Students would therefore need access to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop and/or Ext...
Laptop and/or External Hard Disk Drive (HDD) <ul><ul><li>An incentive to student recruitment, whilst negating the need to ...
Discussion: <ul><li>Stimulate discussion about the need for computer laboratories. </li></ul><ul><li>Exceptions may includ...
Conclusion: <ul><li>Mobile computing is inevitable. </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Science departments should lead the way. </...
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Traditionally technical computing courses have been taught using laboratories full of expensive desktop computers. This approach may have been valid in the past, but is buying; maintaining and replacing laboratories full of computers still a requirement (or Green!)?
Email: scott.turner@northampton.ac.uk


Whilst there are issues associated with such a ‘bold’ step, could this potential solution make Computer Science courses at such ‘brave’ institutions more appealing – a ‘win-win’ situation?

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  1. 1. Green Computer Science Courses! We’re going mobile! Gary Hill, Espen Svennevik & Scott Turner Department of Computing & Immersive Technologies School of Science and Technology The University of Northampton
  2. 2. Content: <ul><li>The problem </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of specialist laboratory facilities (Benefits/Issues) </li></ul><ul><li>Going Mobile (Green?) – How? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Problem: <ul><li>Traditionally technical computing courses have been taught using laboratories full of expensive desktop computers. This approach may have been valid in the past, but is buying; maintaining and replacing laboratories full of computers still a requirement (or Green!)? </li></ul><ul><li>Whilst there are issues associated with such a ‘bold’ step, could this potential solution make Computer Science courses at such ‘brave’ institutions more appealing – a ‘win-win’ situation? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Removal of specialist laboratory facilities: <ul><li>The benefits and issues , related to the “removal of specialist computing facilities” and “freeing up resources” are the cost of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase (How many?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replacement (How often?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set-up, Maintenance and repair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technician support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Running </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure for network/internet access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data back-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Going Mobile (Green?) – How? (1) <ul><li>It has been suggested that: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mobile wireless technologies are the new frontier for teaching and learning in institutions of higher education”, </li></ul><ul><li>and that the: </li></ul><ul><li>“ use in higher education will continue to grow and will become the learning environment of choice” </li></ul><ul><li>(Kim et al., 2006). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Going Mobile (Green?) – How? (2) <ul><li>Students would therefore need access to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop and/or External Hard Disk Drive (HDD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet/Intranet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning resources </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Laptop and/or External Hard Disk Drive (HDD) <ul><ul><li>An incentive to student recruitment, whilst negating the need to purchase laboratory based computers, could be the introduction of laptops available: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced cost through University or recognised supplier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free/Incorporated into fees (Orr et al., 2008). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partial cost where the University meets a proportion of the cost. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leasing of the laptop (Orr et al., 2008) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Discussion: <ul><li>Stimulate discussion about the need for computer laboratories. </li></ul><ul><li>Exceptions may include the disciplines of: </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Networks e.g. students ‘make and break’ hardware networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet security e.g. specialist testing. </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist development e.g. iPhone programming, where Mac OSX computers are required </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Web Servers/MySQL – use on local laptop </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion: <ul><li>Mobile computing is inevitable. </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Science departments should lead the way. </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits of using of laptops is the ‘obvious’ solution. </li></ul><ul><li>There are a ‘few’ logistical problems of setting up the purchase/loan/support of laptops, would far outweigh these.  </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate the complexity of computer science and the need for different applications, operating systems and the use network hardware and internet security labs etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Science departments to consider reducing the number of laboratories and to reduce the need to continually buy and dispose of desktop computers </li></ul>

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