Pete spoke about the future of traditional campus lab settings in higher ed institutions and expected to see in the next few months the true reflection of the future for campus labs.
“How tied institutionally is the Higher Ed Industry to the concept of campus labs? Is the concept too much of a comfort blanket?”
With a rise in BYOD policies to such an extent which offer environmental, financial, and operational benefits, we’re seeing a large shift away from campus labs full of specialist equipment.
We’ve seen our customers, such as Utah University in the US and Middlesex University in the UK (to name just two) focus their IT efforts on loan laptops through a check-in-and-out service. By doing so, repurposing pre-existing campus labs into open, non-hardware populated spaces to embrace and encourage student collaboration.
“I was on a webinar with Nathan from Queensland University of Technology and he spoke about ‘if a student has bought their own device, they want to be able to use their own device’. This of course saves the university expenses on infrastructure, air-conditioning, server rooms etc and opens the discussion to design the layout of their rooms differently too.
“Nathan spoke about how students would simply move the university-provided equipment out of their way to open their own device. So now the focus isn’t completely on removing campus labs, but majorly scaling back to provide collaborative spaces where students can congregate with their peers and work together on projects while making IT support more targeted to their students’ expectations.”