Mobile instructional laboratory environments and their use in computing sciences

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The term 'mobile instructional laboratory' refers to using mobile computing devices such as notebooks for transforming a classroom into a lab setting with the goal of enhancing the practical experience, interaction and understanding. A major goal in all the computing disciplines is to provide students with hands on activities that will enhance their learning of concepts and their professional experience. As such, CS and IT programs require investments in dedicated laboratories that will support applied activities for most of the courses. Unfortunately, space and other resource limitations usually do not allow for permanent creation of such labs. In parallel, current educational philosophy suggests that increased student-student and student-faculty interaction and active learning in the classroom are helpful in increasing students' understanding of the topics. Consequently instructors are employing techniques that facilitate the interaction and self discovery and rely on technology for support. In both cases, mobile instructional laboratories are a valuable solution.