Thomas College Mobile Computing Program
We strongly recommend that all students purchase their own mobile (notebook or tablet) devices.
For the past several years the College has built and maintained a leading-edge network to support the variety of devices used by our students, faculty, and staff. This involves 10G-rated fiber optic cabling, high-density campus-wide 802.11n Wi-Fi, high-speed Internet and Internet2 connections, and web-based apps optimized for mobile devices.
Many faculty class materials are online, and some courses are being delivered entirely over the Internet. We use Moodle as our course management system for online, blended, and traditional courses. We also have over 140 workstations available to students in several labs and clusters as well as dozens of sign-out notebooks and tablets available from our Library.
Why do students need their own mobile devices?
Today's students, more than ever, are finding that to move into the work force of the next century smart phones, tablets and notebooks are needed as tools for communication, collaboration, and research. Studies have shown that students with mobile devices are more productive and have developed more advanced thinking skills. Many educators feel that creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking are the three key areas which students need to master in order to be productive workers.
For specific computer recommendations, see http://www.thomas.edu/content/4906/Computer_Use/