Wireless content on the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus
UW-Stout provides wireless internet access to all users in academic buildings throughout
campus. The wireless internet access throughout campus provides many educational
opportunities and learning benefits for faculty, staff and students. U'W-Stout does not block
content from users on the wireless network, but restricts bandwidth to programs that have been
known offenders of federal copyright laws.
The University ofWisconsin-Stout has a successful laptop implementation in place since
2001 where students were required to buy laptops based on their academic major and moved to
issuing laptops to all undergraduate students registered for three or more credits in 2002.
The literature review provided an information background on laptops in a higher
education classroom setting, benefits to students who have laptops and negatives of laptops in
the classroom. The goal of the literature review is to provide a well rounded discussion and
review ofbenefits oflaptops in the classroom and the distractions laptops create while being
The data collected did reveal a significant amount of non-academic content being
accessed on the wireless network and also revealed that students utilized the course management
tool, D2L as the number one destination for academic content. The data also revealed that a
significant number of users utilize an instant messaging program while utilizing the wireless
network in academic buildings at UW-Stout.
School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
School Location:USA - Wisconsin
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:university of wisconsin stout wireless internet laptop computers computer assisted instruction
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