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Acadia Advantage – Computerizing a Campuso

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In 1996, Acadia University joined a small number of North American universities who embarked on a transition to a fully computerized campus. The adopted strategy was to equip each student and faculty member with a personal laptop computer, take advantage of computer technology in most courses, and provide ubiquitous access to the computer network everywhere on the campus.

In this presentation, we will describe the experience of campus computerization, talk about the logistic problems, impact on faculty and students, successes and disappointments, present video tapes showing the use of computer technology in our classrooms, and introduce some of the technical and education-related research that was stimulated by the project.


MacDougall, G., Müldner, T. & Tomek, I. (2004). Acadia Advantage – Computerizing a Campuso. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 41-46). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 17, 2019 from .