Computer Science Courses Using Laptops

Gary Hill, Espen Svennevik, Scott Turner

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages8
JournalInnovation in Teaching and Learning in Information and Computer Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2015


  • laptops
  • hardware maintenance
  • save costs
  • virtual machines
  • thin clients
  • dual boot


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