In spring 2015, the Students Advisory Committee for Technology (StudentsACT) researched trends and practices in computer labs at universities and applied that knowledge to a survey they made available to all TWU students. StudentsACT successfully surveyed the student population in spring 2014 to determine that student email would move to GMail. Response to the computer lab and printing survey was even greater, with a total of 2,169 students participating in the online survey.
To promote the survey, the committee members attended Student Government meetings on each campus and wrote a press release for The Lasso. Further, they hosted information tables on each campus and participated in a Commuter eLounge to engage 100% distance students. They presented at a Tech Talk to provide students a forum to discuss their experiences with campus computer labs and to consider possible enhancements to labs and printing.
Computer Lab & Printing Preliminary Results by the Numbers
56% use the labs multiple times per week
44% most often visit the Library & Megalab
Students use labs for printing, 85%, Blackboard, 73%, and to check TWU email, 58%
41% visit a lab to print assignments more than 90% of the time
Future Features of Computer Labs
When questioned about potential features of TWU computer labs, respondents most favored: