Citation: Bruce Bimber, Kevin Almeroth, Rob Patton, Dorothy Chun, Andrew Flanagin, and Alan Liu. March 4, 2002. Center for Information Technology and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved [date of access]. <>

Excerpt: summary conclusions of white paper
Speculative Hypotheses About the Future of Technology at the University
  1. Power and data-connectivity are required everywhere on campus where there is a human being; when students sit down in a classroom, they must plug into “the Internet.”
  2. Students are just as likely to videotape a lecture or capture it digitally by other electronic means as to write down the professor’s words with a pen or pencil.
  3. Homework, term paper assignments, and lecture notes enter the world of “Napster” and its successors, so that students can type into a sophisticated search engine the text of their assignment and have returned to them a list of relevant papers available for free or at a nominal cost from around the world.
  4. Every room on campus is a “video-conference” room.
  5. “Extension” or “distance learning” are no longer segregated administratively and physically from regular instruction but instead occur in many regular courses offered on campus.
  6. Every time a conference table is moved from one side of a room to another, data and power must be moved to follow it; every five years, cabling between computers must be removed and replaced all across campus.
  7. It is routine for two professors using a classroom in adjacent time periods to require entirely different classroom technology on short notice.
  8. Faculty require three times more “computer support” than now.