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Campus Mobility Resources

Wireless is a hot technology right now, and so are portable computing devices. That combination means there's lot of information on the Web about mobility - who's doing what on which campuses, roll-outs of new technologies, and more. Here are some interesting resources to kick off your search:

Panel Discussion: Campus Mobility - Syllabus TechTalks
Listen to a panel discussion on campus mobility, covering issues such as distributing laptops universally, an experiment with PDAs, and more. Guest speakers were Jay Dominick and David G. Brown of Wake Forest University.

Interview: Beyond Networking: Mobile Computing on Campus - Syllabus
Syllabus g'es in-depth with Carnegie Mellon's Chuck Bartel, the university's director of network services and project director for Operation Andrew.

Article: Software Phones at Dartmouth - Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College's innovative use of Voice over IP to replace traditional phones has attracted a lot of media attention. Take a look at what's happening on their campus.

Article: PDAs at the U - University of South Dakota
Handheld devices like PDAs are an example of a technology that, when combined with wireless, can be very compelling on campus. At the University of South Dakota, for example, PDAs are encouraged as a means to help students with time and schedule management, e-mail, faculty and general school communications, and more. There are "sync stations" around campus and a friendly Web site promoting their use.

· Free Software: Also at the USD a list of free downloadable software for PDAs that helps highlight the usefulness of PDAs for students.

Article: PDAs Enhancing Classroom Participation - Dartmouth College
An interesting article about how a Dartmouth professor uses wireless PDAs distributed to students to enhance class participation.

Article: Wireless Network Presents Location-Dependent Opportunities - Dartmouth College
This article discussed location-dependent technologies, in which wireless access points are used to calculate the location of an object, such as a PDA, cell phone, notebook computer, or simply a "tag" affixed to a book.

Article: Policies on the Usage of Wireless Devices on Campus - University of Idaho
As you go wireless, be aware that you may need to restrict use of the airwaves, especially in dorms or other places where students may use other sorts of "wireless" devices. Devices such as newer 2.4G cordless phones share the same space as the 802.11g wireless standard, as do 5G devices (802.11a uses this band). Therefore, conflicts can occur. Bluetooth devices, cameras and audio speakers can also cause problems. Examples abound at campus Web sites, but here's a concise notice posted by the IT department at the University of Idaho restricting the use of certain devices on campus:

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