Q & A Time: Students Share their Opinion of ICT

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Q & A Time: Students Share their Opinion of ICT

What exactly is ICT and how does it affect NMSU students?

Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) provides information and communication technology resources and services to support the educational, research, and public service missions of the university.  ICT develops and implements policies and procedures necessary to insure the effective, secure, and appropriate use of university information resources and services.  Some of the services for students include: free labs, a student Pay-for-Print card, cell phone plans, distance education programs, Ethernet connection, free dial up, technology equipment rentals, classroom media stations, myNMSU porthole, wireless zones, and the ICT Help Desk to offer assistance with technology questions or hardware problems.  (this above information was taken from the ICT Student Resources page.

Days before school was let out for the summer, ten random students were asked some questions regarding their overall impression of ICT and/or what they thought of certain implementations.  Jillian Hovatter, an undergraduate in History, expressed that “the technology seems sufficient, but the labs are often over crowded.”  Ray Gonzales, an undergraduate in Graphic Design Technology, seemed to echo Hovatter, “…I get frustrated, because the labs are usually packed.”  In the random poll of ten students, it seems that the majority of them feel like there is an issue with the number of computers and/or labs for students here on campus.  For Piper Coalson, an undergraduate in Psychology, she finds no issue in the labs being overcrowded, yet simply said “the labs need more Macs!”

AnnaBelle Fierro checks her WebCT from a coffee shop in Mesilla.AnnaBelle Fierro checks her WebCT from a coffee shop in Mesilla.

In regards to the Pay-for-Print policy that was started at the beginning of last semester, students seem to be divided on their liking of it.  Half feel that it is a nice way to control wasted paper, while the other half feel as though it is simply another way for the university to make money off of its students.  Whether each or none of these groups is “right,” Cat Woods, an undergraduate in International Business, stated how she had run out of money twice during the semester, and “attempted to get more credit, but found it very difficult to do.”  Jeffery Michaelson, and undergraduate who is ‘ undeclared,’ said that this is “probably one of the only issues that I have on campus.  I believe that printing should be free, just as the computer usage is.”  Gonzales is torn on the Pay-for-Print policy, “I think it is a good idea, because sometimes I used to see students taking advantage and printing up a storm.  Other times I feel it is another way for the university to make money off its students.”  Lovie Calderon, an undergraduate in Journalism, likes it and feels that “ $20 is sufficient for a full-time student.”  AnnaBelle Fierro, an undergraduate in Public Health at the branch campus, feels it was something that had to be done, “I think it’s great.  I think the branch campuses need to catch up with what ICT is doing…I know of several people who aren’t even students that go to the labs at the branch and print a bunch of pictures from Myspace or whatever to show their friends.”

Ron Harper takes a break an enjoys and iced coffee during finals week.Ron Harper takes a break an enjoys and iced coffee during finals week.

With all the talk of added online classes, degrees, and the emerging NM Cyber Academy it seemed appropriate to ask these ten random students about their own experiences with online classes here at NMSU.  Six of these ten students had not taken an online class here at NMSU, yet the other four had positive things to say about them.  Hovatter described her experience with online classes as being “easy to use” and “very efficient.”  Piper Coalson loved her online classes and wishes there were more to take in her area of study.

Change is a good thing right?  Well when these students were asked  what they would like to see changed and/or implemented, there were a variety of answers.  Ron Harper, an undergraduate in History, wants to see “faster T-1 lines.”  Calderon wants the library to adopt the new Pay-for-Print policy that ICT has created, so she doesn’t have to buy a separate Xerox card.  Hovatter wants more labs and free printing.  Chandra Payne, and undergraduate in Special Education, would like to see the labs open earlier.  Michaelson voiced a similar request to that of Hovatter’s, “an addition of some more computer labs, and definitely another lab that is open 24/7 on campus!”  Coalson continued with her desire of seeing “more Macs, along with more technology in the classrooms, and more general interaction with technology here on campus.”  Gonzales explained his thoughts on the need for a “no talking” policy in the labs.  Juan Ramirez, a graduate student of Psychology, said he would like to be able to access his files on the school computers from his computer at home.  Woods revisited her frustration with the Pay-for-Print and offers that “if should be free if you are a student.   Just like the beginning part where you have to sign in and then swipe your student card, except free! ”

Lastly these students were asked to share their summer plans, the list ended up looking something like this: “work, Puerto Peñasco, summer school, moving to Spain, Taos Solar Music Festival, family vacations, and lots and lots of cycling!”

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