UNSW Law IT – Ignorant Technology that is…

October 24, 2006 at 12:03 am 4 comments

Speaking with Russell and some other law buddies, it is unbelievable at the lack of thought that was put into the development and implementation of the IT infrastructure system of the new multi million dollar UNSW law building. (Mentioned in passing in https://ashell.wordpress.com/2006/08/30/response-to-who-killed-the-newspaper/)

The UNSW Law School should have had some foresight and spent some of their massive budget on some IT consultants to aid them in the building of the new school. It is an obvious trend, that more and more students bring their laptops to uni. It is also obvious that these students tend to be at uni all day using their laptops. Why is there only 2 power points in each law class room…come on. After just coming back from Exchange, the university I attended, (UT Austin, Texas) had a state of the art wireless system for use in the class room. Wireless system and access to the net I believe is very useful while listening to a lecture as one can look up case facts which have been mentioned in class. Can also look up statute as well as have access to other legal sources during a class which can aid in the learning experience (I will be the first one to admit that much discipline is needed to only use the system for class room purposes). As well as this, the computer labs are poorly ventilated, which will increase the chances of computers overheating and reduces there life. Unfortunately it seems that this complaining is a little too late. Oh well. I guess I will be out of here in a year…

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  • 1. lannsoon  |  October 26, 2006 at 10:41 am

    I agree with Adam. UNSW did a shit job of designing their state-of-the-art new building for the realities of the modern world. While our classrooms back at the University of Alberta resemble something out a communist nightmare, we do have plenty of powerpoints. We also have FREE wireless connectivity throughout the law school, as well as most of the Uni. To be quite truthful, this really didn’t matter to me much until I bought a laptop. I found it annoying that those that did have them spent most of their class time clicking away on MSN messenger. In retrospect, this was just jealousy. Life definitely changed for the better when I bought my laptop. Instead of having to pack around case books and statutes for 5 classes, I only had to pack my computer, as I could grab the materials off the web. Further, I didn’t have to worry about loosing or ruining my notes, as I had them in e-format. Easy peasy. Coming here I expected more of the same. I was shocked and annoyed to find out that the new building not only didn’t have plug-ins, but also didn’t have wireless. I don’t know who made the decision, or lack their of, to exclude these necessities, but if it is the goal of the law school to “connect” with the community, maybe first they should connect with their students.

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  • 3. sachinsuch  |  October 28, 2006 at 9:33 am

    You might want to be careful about what you say in your comments on a persons blog Lanny. Read my blog here to see why:

    http://sachinsuch.wordpress.com/2006/10/22/be-careful-what-you-blog/

    Adam, i think your views refllect those of most students. Its a shame really, because having our own laptops is quite liberating…

  • […] …as Porky Pig would say.  This is my last post for my Computer Applications to Law class at the UNSW.  It’s been a great class, although from my own perspective the 8 hour sessions made somewhat difficult to stay focused in the afternoons (whether due to my ‘Steak and Beer’ lunch hour regimen on class days, to the complete lack of thought that went in to designing the UNSW computer labs ’sans air-conditioning’, or to a combination of the two is hard to say;)  To all my faithful readers, this is going to be tough on you, but keep your chins up, I may return someday. […]

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