[Linux-aus] Student Run ICT
glen.turner at aarnet.edu.au
Thu May 18 12:48:02 UTC 2006
James Purser wrote:
> I've had a request from one of our international friends for ideas on
> student managed infrastructure in Universities/TAFE/High Schools.
> The basic concept is the students take over the running/management of
> part of the ICT resource as part-time employees, responsible to a
> manager from the Edu org. Thus giving the students some real world
> If anyone has any stories or knows of anything like this then please
> send it through to this list.
It's pretty common, a lot of university colleges do
their student Internet access that way.
The issues are:
1) continuity of information
Why was this done, what is the service identifier, when
do warranties expire, etc. All of which needs the sort of
documentation that students dislike.
I saw one college do a complete AppleTalk rollout, even to
the PCs. LocalTalk being such a superior networking technology
that PC users would one day see the light and give up on that
For a more recent example, Linux on the desktop has aspects
of being an enthusiasm.
A lot of US universities make great use of paid students to
provide help desk and similar services. One of the better ones
I saw had a student-staffed drop-in center where you could
take your laptop, demonstrate your problem, and get it seen
Glen Turner Tel: (08) 8303 3936 or +61 8 8303 3936
Australia's Academic & Research Network www.aarnet.edu.au
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