Students explain the benefits of computer labs around campus

These students are in a computer lab studying for their class.

Computer labs allow students to work on projects and assignments that require access to computers and the internet. This can enhance the learning experience and provide opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers.

Quincy University has multiple computer labs around the campus for use by students. 

Most of the labs are found in Francis Hall on the upper floors. There are also computers that students can use in Brenner Library right next to Francis. The library is open 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hours on Friday include 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The library is closed on Saturdays and the hours on Sunday are 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Computer labs in Francis are free for use along as there are no classes in session.

Computer labs ensure that all students have equal access to technology. Computer labs help students who don’t own computers to have access to all the bells and whistles without buying a computer. 

This ensures that students can finish their homework in a timely manner and not have to worry about borrowing a computer or turning in their homework late. 

In the Student Success Center you can find additional labs that students can use. In the SSC there are also tutors who can help students with their work. The SSC is open 24/7 and students can access it by using their student ID. 

“I like using the library to study because I can use the computers on the first floor to print things out for classes. I also like that there are private rooms in the SLC. These allow me to block out all the distractions and get my work done,” Ryan Krsue said. 

Computer labs can be cost-effective for educational institutions as they can purchase a large number of computers at a discounted rate. This can save money compared to purchasing individual computers for every student.

Computer labs can be secured with firewalls and anti-virus software to protect against malware and other online threats. This can help ensure that students can work on computers safely without worrying about potential cyber threats.

Computer Lab in Francis hall room 230 is available for student use.

Computer labs often have technical support staff available to help students troubleshoot issues with the computers or software. This can save students time and frustration when they encounter technical problems. 

“Right before finals week my keyboard stopped working on my laptop. I was able to drop it off in the IT department and they fixed it for free in a couple of days. But the time when I didn’t have my laptop, I was able to go into the computer lab or the student success center and do all my homework while my computer was being fixed,” TJ Wensing said.

Computer labs provide a collaborative environment where students can work together on projects and assignments. This fosters teamwork and allows students to learn from each other. 

“Having access to the computer labs allows me to work on homework assignments that I am not able to work on with my computer. I had a Photoshop class last semester and could only do my homework on a computer that had Photoshop. I was able to go into the computer lab in between my classes to work on my homework. This allowed me to save money by not having to buy Adobe Photoshop,” Rilee West said.

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