The Office of Information Technology plans to launch several service changes at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester in response to evolving campus computer use trends and demand for efficiencies in printing costs.
The changes follow a May 2010 report from the University’s Committee on Student Technology that recognized that an estimated 80 percent of students own or have access to a laptop and that more students are using smart phones, computer tablets such as the iPad, and other mobile devices. The report called for more collaborative spaces where students can secure their laptops and establish temporary work groups for projects.
Among the changes:
- Two general-purpose computer labs will be renovated and upgraded to create collaborative workspaces ideal for laptop use and student projects. The locations have not yet been selected. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to suggest labs that can be used for such purposes by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Five existing areas around campus will be renovated to provide additional workspaces where students can use their laptops, tablet computers, and other similar portable computing devices.
- Campus printing will be on a pay-as-you-go basis. Faculty, staff, and students will be able to buy printing for a low per-page cost established to cover the cost of equipment, paper, and toner.
More information about the changes and a list of campus computer lab availability is published online at uta.edu/oit/cs/computerlabs/.