Motivating Students

Additionally students must perceive that computer use is an integral part of the academic process. They must believe that their mentors and role models (i.e. the faculty) see computers in this light. Thus falls to faculty the responsibility of demonstrating the use of computers within the academic disciplines.

If students are to be expected to make extensive use of computers, it is imperative that they have the opportunity to do so. This implies that there must be sufficient laboratories (both scheduled and open access) available. To reduce the load on these facilities, the University must encourage students to acquire their own equipment. This support would include:

  1. hardware and software recommendations
  2. adequate provision of telephone lines for external access
  3. special pricing for student computer purchases (and possibly lease or purchase plans)
  4. wiring residence rooms to the backbone
  5. providing open connection points in laboratories and library carrels for student computers