Sunday, July 16, 2006

1:1 Launch...

I'm happy to report the successful launch of the Downtown Phoenix Campus 1:1 Student Computing Initiative. Last week letters outlining the program went out to the Downtown Phoenix Campus students, faculty and staff. A website providing details of the program, and links to ASU specific websites sponsored by our partners Apple and Dell was also launched. These sites describe special laptop offers from our partners -- including on-campus support -- that are now available to members of the ASU community.

In addition to the hardware and support offered by our partners, the Downtown 1:1 program includes the Downtown Phoenix Campus Citrix Environment, designed to make software traditionally deployed in labs and on common computers more accessible to students using personal devices. The folks at alt^i have also been working with faculty from the Downtown programs to learn how to make personal devices a more integral part of the higher ed experience.

There's a pretty extensive FAQ on the site that will get a start on answering any questions you might have. If you want more information, or want to make a comment or provide input on the program, we'd love to hear from you.

While this pilot program was developed specifically with the Downtown Campus community in mind, the partner offers are open to all members of the ASU community, so feel free to check them out whether your a Downtowner or not.

There's no rest for the wicked of course. Now that the pilot program has been launched, UTO will be looking to widen the program to the whole university next year, working with departments and colleges to define the components of next year's platform -- specifying the hardware, software and support packages needed to help ASU keep pace with the increasing tide of technology that each new wave of students is bringing to campus with the expectation that it will aid them in their educational journey.

Thanks go out to our partners Apple and Dell for working with us to get this pilot launch ready under such a tight timeline. Thanks also to Sarah Hughes and Dr. Sam Digangi for their efforts in bringing the DPC pilot program together so quickly.


Mark,  July 20, 2006 at 3:20 AM  

Congratulations on officially launching 1:1 downtown! Many of us will be watching to see how the program unfolds there so that we can try to anticipate the impact it will have when it reaches us.

One of the things I found very interesting in the near term, however, was the link I found near the bottom of the FAQ about ASU Software Downloads: This is a valuable resource that is apparently open to employees as well as students. Quite a while ago, I had heard rumors that there was going to be a page for the Corel software and there was a plan to make Windows and Office purchases available at a discount to employees as well as students, but had not heard that it had gone live. Thanks for helping us discover it!