SDSU Affected By Laptop Shortage
South Dakota State University if facing the wait as well. The college didn't offer us specific numbers on those students affected. But the Nursing program at SDSU requires their students to purchase laptops through the school as they have online classes, textbooks and quizzes. And now that backlog is causing some major traffic at computer labs across campus.
Colleges across the area are working to improve their technology. Paper quizzes and books are quickly becoming a thing of the past. But now those laptops students depend upon so heavily aren't showing up.
Kyle Anderson is a freshman Pharmacy major waiting for his laptop and says, "I got an email that said August 25 and I said oh that's not a problem its before school. Then I got another email that said oh we are not sure when we'll be able to ship that laptop."
Anderson says he order his computer more than 2 1/2 months ago. "My chem book is online and I can't access it with out walking to the library or someplace else."
Although it's horrible that these laptops haven't been delivered yet, I'm more concerned about the direction education is going. Rather than having quizzes and tests that make students think AND learn how to express themselves, we're moving towards multiple-choice online assessments--which might make students think a little more, but make it easier to cheat and don't make students explain why they got the answer they got, or be able to show their work.
It's also disappointing that schools are moving towards entirely online or digital textbooks, at the expense of those students who can't afford a computer (where computers are not a required purchase) or just don't want to deal with lugging a computer around. Although most of the time you can depend on power for the computer, internet access is far from universal.
As for having to go to the computer lab to do assignments, get homework, and check email: I know that the computer was required, I know that you expected to get it, and I know that Gateway and SDSU dropped the ball on this one. The fact is, we have to deal with these situations. If you want an education, you'll go to the computer lab and deal with everyone else around you. If you want an education, you'll find a solution, even if that involves printing off an entire textbook (or finding one that covers the same material but exists in hardcopy). If you don't want an education, if you don't think you can be bothered to go to the computer lab because you were "entitled" to something that was promised you and then denied (wait, political parallel here?), then maybe you aren't cut out to be a student.