ERIC Number: EJ698903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-22
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing Wireless Mobile Instructional Labs: Planning Issues and Case Study
McKimmy, Paul B.
International Journal of Instructional Media, v32 n2 p113 Spr 2005
In April 2002, the Technology Advisory Committee of the University of Hawaii-Manoa College of Education (COE) prioritized the upgrade of existing instructional computer labs. Following several weeks of research and discussion, a decision was made to support wireless and mobile technologies during the upgrade. In June 2002, the first of three wireless, laptop-based instructional labs was introduced. Two others were phased in during July and August. Wireless mobile computing technology can provide advantages in a teaching environment. Increased classroom capacity, reconfigurable funishings, and reduced physical constraints offer instructors new options. Significant planning and allocation of resources are required for a successful implementation. During the COE implementation project: costs, wireless networking setup, access restrictions, power supply, and file storage were issues that required planning and decision-making. Security, maintenance, and piloting were planned and implemented. This COE case study follows a logical progression for planning a wireless mobile instructional lab, outlining relevant issues and relating decisions and plans from the college.
Descriptors: Resource Allocation, Costs, Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Case Studies, Educational Planning, Learning Laboratories, Computer Assisted Instruction, Decision Making, Computer Security, Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii