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ERIC Number: ED425718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 6
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The Information Technology Initiative at Grove City College: Four Years Later.
Jenny, Frederick J.
In 1997, 558 Compaq Armada 1510 notebook computers and Canon color bubble-jet printers were distributed to incoming freshman at Grove City College (Pennsylvania) as a part its Information Technology Initiative (ITI). Objectives of the ITI were: (1) to prepare students for excellence in their chosen profession by providing the necessary technological tools and instruction; (2) to recognize, in a tangible manner, the fact that state-of-the-art computing is moving away from centralized computing and rapidly toward distributed computing facilities following the concept of anytime/anywhere learning; (3) to increase the technological resources available to students on campus while reducing the total cost of technology ownership to the college; and (4) to centralize all support activities, including the computer help desk, training and repair shop staff. This paper reviews the ITI plan, including reasons for choosing laptops, benefits of the one-computer-per-student model, and the campus computer help desk and repair shop. The evolution of ITI hardware and software from 1994 to the present is outlined. Other highlights include formation of a Campus Technology Task Force, expansion of the campus network, increases in staffing, and growth in use of Internet and intranet services for class-related activities. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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