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Mizzou: Wired and Wireless

Mizzou Helps Students Connect And Communicate In A Myriad Of Ways

MU Student Center

The MU Student Center is equipped to loan up to 100 laptops. The concept replaced the traditional computer lab in the high-tech facility. The campus has experienced an 886 percent increase in wireless traffic since 2006.

The kids these days, with their iPods-pads-phones, books of faces, Twitter spaces, Android apps and Google Maps.  But email? Already an outdated mode of communication for Generation Y. Dial-up Internet? That annoying sound their grandparents’ computer makes.  Things change so quickly that even the once ultramodern term “information super-highway” elicits chuckles from today’s youth.

Below are some of the ways innovative technologies have transformed campus life at MU.

• It was a rite of passage every semester: students lugged used textbooks to campus and hauled home the ones the bookstore wouldn’t buy back. Now there’s a smartphone app that scans a book’s ISBN from the comfort of a dorm room, tells how much it’s going for and lets students decide whether it’s worth the trip. 

• Internet shopaholics know that vendor competition is one of online shopping’s biggest boons. When students look up courses on the University Bookstore website, it provides prices for the required books from multiple online retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Sometimes, MU’s price is the lowest, but even if it’s not, students buy at the convenient campus location about 80 percent of the time.

• The Espresso Book Machine automatically prints, binds and trims paperback books on demand. Anyone, including professors, can upload PDF pages and stand back as the automated press creates perfect-bound books for about 8 cents per page. Beginning in fall 2010, the economics department used the machine to produce its Econ 1014 text, and 2,049 students have saved more than $180,000.

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