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ERIC Number: ED452811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 7
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Media-Rich Learning through Universal Computing and Wireless Thin Client.
Cain, Mark
There is a whole infrastructure that must support a successful universal student computing requirement. Conventional approaches would have the students plugging into a wired network. That would necessitate network wires and hubs or many ports in each classroom. Students would need access to course-related software. Because the needs would change from semester to semester, there would be the constant task of installing and uninstalling applications on student machines that would be a support nightmare. This paper describes the approach the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) used to implement universal computing using "wireless thin client," a merger of three technologies: large CE devices, wireless networking, and Terminal Server/MetaFrame. This approach is powerful, low-maintenance, and inexpensive. The new universal computing requirement, dubbed MERLIN (Media Rich Learning Infrastructure) became a reality for freshman entering in the fall of 2000. The technology was immediately integrated into two interdisciplinary courses that are part of a new core liberal arts and sciences curriculum at the College. Through MERLIN, students in these and other classes have access to class discussion lists, online pop quizzes, Web-based simulations and case studies, and class exercises. Much of the software in the student computer labs, library materials, and the resources of the World Wide Web are also available. Each year, a new freshman class will be added, along with additional wireless access points and MetaFrame servers. By Fall 2003, universal and ubiquitous computing at the College of Mount St. Joseph will be a reality. MERLIN will solve a number of problems for the College. Classroom scheduling will be much more flexible because of the ability to have impromptu computer labs in any room on campus. The College will not have to give up general classroom space in order to install new computer labs. The support issues of having more than 1400 additional devices on the network will be minimized, thanks to the use of CE devices without moving parts and a single software load residing on the Terminal/MetaFrame servers. (AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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