Friday, 27 June 2014

Preprint: Computer Science Courses Using Laptops

A preprint of paper to be publish in the next edition the journal Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Information and Computer Sciences (ITALICS) is now available at

Computer Science Courses Using Laptops

Gary HillEspen Svennevik and Scott Turner
Department of Computing & Immersive Technologies, University of NorthamptonUK

Corresponding author: Scott Turner, Department of Computing and Immersive Technologies, University of Northampton, UK 
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Traditionally computer sciences courses have been taught using laboratories full of expensive desktop computers. Although this approach may have been valid in the 80, 90s and even the early part of this decade, this paper suggests that buying, maintaining and replacing laboratories full of computers is no longer required. This paper raises the issues associated with attempting to use laptops – as thin/thick clients using virtual machines – to deliver the computer science curriculum and offers potential solutions that, in some cases, may make computer science courses at such ‘brave’ institutions more appealing.

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