Students, Faculty Call For Technology Improvements

Stephanie Lipinski, Print Editor-In-Chief

Technology, or the lack of it, continues to cause frustration on campus. It feels like we are only now breaking out of the Stone Age. Finally, students don’t have to sign in every time they want to use the Wi-Fi, but that doesn’t make it any more reliable. Even with this new Wi-Fi system, classrooms continue to have connectivity issues, hindering student learning.

According to U.S. News and World Report, Lewis University is regarded as a top regional university, ranked 23 in the Midwest. If Lewis is in the top 25, why are students still learning in classrooms without any technology? Did U.S. News and World Report look at our classrooms?

Yes, the newly renovated St. Charles Borromeo is an amazing building consisting of Smart classrooms, but only business majors get to utilize these new facilities. That is a small fraction of the student and faculty population. Other students are lucky if there’s a projector in the classrooms. At the same time, other classrooms have projectors, but no screens. And even worse, some classrooms are still equipped with only chalkboards.

If classrooms don’t have the proper technology, it’s supposedly OK because we have ITSO who can deliver projectors and laptops at our professor’s convenience. However, this statement is not always true. Entire lesson plans have to be frequently changed because the projector never arrived. Even worse, the classroom may have the Smart technology but it isn’t functioning properly. The professor calls IT, and sometimes they can’t even determine what is wrong with the equipment.

Students and professors are learning, teaching and living in a world where technology is a must. Access to technology is a necessity as it is a component of everyday life and almost every career. It is an essential tool in education, and we need to be able to successfully utilize it on our college campus.

To correct this problem, IT should ensure that knowledgeable staff is available when classes are in session. Computer staff must be able to quickly troubleshoot problems. It has been the experience of many students and professors that this is often not the case. Problems include waiting for days and sometimes weeks for computers to be replaced, or even just to correct an Internet connection problem in a classroom.

In addition, the university should make it a priority to equip all classrooms with a working projector and screen. This will eliminate the time-consuming process of requesting projectors. This will also means less wires to connect, which ultimately means less wires get crossed.

While these may seem like costly demands, the appeals are reasonable. Students pay for a quality education, an education that prepares them for the future. In order for Lewis to ensure that we are prepared, technology should be treated as a priority.

Stephanie Lipinski

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