TNCC Students Benefit from Wireless Technology on Campus

Published: November 28, 2005

Teaching andlearning at Thomas Nelson Community College has taken a bigstep forward with the implementation of wireless technology in various areas of the college’s Hamptoncampus. While still in its initial phase, this new technologyfrees faculty and students from the constraints and clutter of wires and allows them to work from their laptops, connect to the Internet to conduct research, and communicate with each other via e-mail without a cable connection.

Wireless technology also allows students to access the Internet and other online resources while using their personal laptops in group study areas in various buildings on campus, the cafeteria and in the outdoor Courtyard area. “We are responding to anincreasingly mobile student and faculty population,” said Roy Bernard, Interim VP for Information Technology.

“Wireless technology benefits both our faculty and our students as it allows themto connect to the Internet toaccess online resources, thus improving their productivityand time management. It also allows faculty and students tocommunicate in a timely manner and in a more relaxed environment. This technology, at the same time, reduces the traffic in our computer labs making it more efficient for those students without a laptop computer to useour campus computers.”

While TNCC is still in the first phase of the implementation of wireless technology, the college is committed to continuing to invest intechnology to expand the access areas with wireless connection to other areas of the college’s Hampton campus, the Historic Triangle campus and the Peninsula Workforce Development Center.

To increase security, TNCC faculty, staff and students interested in accessingthe wireless network must register their wireless devices in the Academic Computing Lab. For additional information on how to register, please contact the TNCC Academic Computer Lab at 825-2993.

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