Die IT Die!
They fuck everything up, even the Loaner Laptop option. I've needed a loaner laptop on a few occasions. The first time, they handed me a laptop and told me it was ready to use. I then took it home to discover that it would not let me log-in. So I took the thing back only to be told, "Well, you have to plug it into the ethernet first...". The second occasion, they handed me a laptop and I asked them if everything was ready to go. Of course, they said yes. Again, I took it home but only to discover that it hadn't been imaged. Fuck the loaner laptops. I'll do without.
It began when somebody decided to have IT re-image our student laptops. You see, our students can check out laptops from the Tutoring Center as long as they do not leave the room with them.
About half of a semester later, IT was still sitting on them without having touched them at all. Our Lead Tutor had to contact Ms. Tutoring Supervisor (T.S.) to get things moving. Within days, IT had our laptops returned to us. We celebrated, thinking that we had fresh re-imaged laptops ready to go. WRONG!
However, it soon became apparent that they messed up the laptops. Since the return of the laptops, they have been shutting down for updates every 20 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no option for over-riding this, and there is no warning either. It just restarts.
|...and we'll keep on trying 'till we run out of cake|
The icing on the cake occurred the other day when I was using a laptop to select homework problems on our Web-Based-Thingy. Twenty minutes later, the laptop resets without warning. I had to reselect the problems all over again.
Looking around the room, I kept noticing that the students were having the same problem as well. Although their homework is saved each time they submit an answer to a problem, what a waste of time it is to have to wait for the computer to reboot and then re-log in to the Web-Based-Thingy.
This isn't right. Something must be done about this. Our Lead-Tutor is burnt out over the situation. Time to grab the bull by the horns.
I complained to T.S. and the Dean. That's right. I finally did it.
I fired off the following email:
Subject: concerns about laptops
As you are probably already aware, the situation with the laptops in our tutoring center has been a bit of a circus this semester. As I recall it took half of a semester for IT to do this and we had to get you involved in order to get the laptops back.
As soon as the laptops were returned, we began experiencing an odd problem with them. Now, many of them update every 20 minutes without even giving the option to postpone the update, and there is often no warning either.
As a faculty member, I make use of the laptops for email and the Web-Based-Thingy. It is very frustrating when the laptop updates without warning when I am in the middle of selecting problems for my students and I have to pick the problems all over again! Therefore, this is how the problem has been brought to my attention.
It is a great pleasure and honor to work for a learning centered college. I can only imagine what the frustration must be like for the students who use the laptops as well. I understand that I have the option to use the computers in the library or elsewhere. However, I am concerned that this is likely a disruption to the students' learning.
As I understand, the laptops are there to help the students be successful. If they are not functioning like they are supposed to, then we have defeated that purpose.
Very Truly Yours,
I then spoke with the Dean face-to-face. He said that the problem sounded like a quick fix and let's see if we can get this resolved right away.
I received the following reply the next day:
Thank you for your e-mail, we will be working on the problems. Hope the rest of the semester goes better.
I saw IT rummaging through our laptop cart that day. Maybe a sign of some productivity? I'll have to wait and see.