students is one reason the PDA might be successful, in that professors can communicate with students in the classroom in a way that is natural to the college generation, and students can continue to rely on e-mail and telephone calls when contacting professors. The pilot's second phase will have some improvements over the first. Along with additional enhancements, the PDA will be smaller.
"Having a keyboard is really important," said Swofford. "In last year's pilot, the cellular vendors were a little too late in providing a phone in a form that is appealing to students."
The benefits of Mobile University seem endless to Wake Forest's technology gurus, students and professors alike.
"Mobile University provides a standardized, one-on-one device that mirrors the ThinkPad program and all manner of campus services," said Crouch. "This pilot gives us a chance to work through the logistics."
It's likely students don't mind being the guinea pigs in the process, Swofford said. "This is not a luxury device; it's their whole life."