Originally Posted by sequitur
You're correct. The majority of MDC faculty is adjunct. And no, MDC doesn't furnish home computers to them or to full time faculty. Full time faculty instructors are given desktops at work. Adjuncts have access to computers all over the campus. I would imagine many of them use USB's to tote info home or they use the web to put info on their home computers.
Home computers they must own or cannot do work except in the office. I make decent money (more than the average full prof) but my home machines are a Quicksilver and a 1.4Ghz P4. Neither are actually connected because I do my work on my work laptop.
This means research papers, grant proposals, IRB proposals, along with software development work which does actually require a semi-decent machine and IT supplied software to VPN into our compute clusters. Were I a prof I would also add course work prep, class website development, class project reviews and so forth.
This is so for full time or part time faculty. I use a 4 GB USB which is more than enough storage, so I don't need or want a laptop. I do all my work at the college or at home. I don't feel the need to stop at Starbucks on the way home and do work there. I would find that uncomfortable.
I work from the cafeteria, library, meeting rooms, conferences, hotel rooms, private homes, etc. On nice days I would meet folks outside. Starbucks is not the only mobile location possible and some folks LIKE working from Starbucks.
I was not implying that anyone that uses laptops is too poor to afford "necessary equipment"?
You pulled that out of thin air. The comment you made about Harvard being smaller doesn't make sense. How did you make that comparison? As for FIU profs who travel carrying laptops. Yes, I'd expect them to.
The FIU profs whom I know don't travel enough to use laptops.
I still don't see how you made so many misinterpretations from my post? I was simply telling how MDC used computers and was not implying anything else. You twisted that into something you made up out of your own mind.
Say what? Misinterpretations?
Since we have more than enough computers around campus available to all students and faculty, we don't require students to have their own computers.
Implication: If you don't have more than enough computers around campus you might require students to have their own laptops...like at Harvard which Bergermeister mentioned.
Do you believe Harvard has this policy because they don't have enough media labs and computers around their campus?
If not, then how does this sentence respond to his comment that top unis require incoming freshmen own laptops? Because the reason this policy seems to exist is these universities recognize that mobile computing is an important advantage to learning for their students.
A policy disagreement would sound like "we believe that laptops are a disruption in the classroom and prefer that classes that require computers use one of our many well equiped media/computer labs".
Miami-Dade College is the largest college in the U.S. with 100, 000 or more enrollees according to the semester.
Granted (no pun), with tuition from so many students and state funding, the college has a large enough budget/income to have whatever equipment is needed and upgraded every few years. I would imagine that smaller colleges might have difficulties is supplying all necessary equipment to students and faculty.
Not much need for interpretation here: MDC has 100K students and a lot of money. MDC provides lots of desktops around campus and therefore no need for laptops (as this is both policy and your experience). Smaller colleges with less money might have "difficulties supplying necessary equipment".
Pulled what out of thin air? You say you are mystified as to why folks want laptops, that you know many faculty and staff and only one has a laptop. You say this is because of the excellent IT infrastructure at MDC that is possible by the $$$ from tuition and grants and therefore imply that reports from other academic institutions that have moved toward laptops do so because their infrastructure is not as complete as the one at MDC.
Come on. You've rejected the need for laptops based on your own perceptions and support that rejection with the assertion that because MDC is well equipped they've eliminated any advantage for mobile computing in favor of 4GB USB keys.
Never mind that it hasn't been until Core that we've had pretty decent mobile CPUs and MDC is using the fact that profs have to own a home machine to get work done at home to their advantage. If I were an assistant prof with 2 kids, mortgage in a large metro area and a family income of $50K I'd own a machine at home but its not too likely to be recent or high-end...probably something like a quicksilver or aging P4.
A MBP would certainly represent more compute power. Heck a MB represents more compute power.