A very representative program of CAU's ubiquitous changes is the on-line
home lectures or what people usually know as OCU (Open Cyber University). About
5000 students take OCU classes, and they are very popular among students. Of
course, it can be popular because you can take them whenever, wherever you want.
There are also interesting lectures that cannot be found in on-campus school
lectures. However, there seems to be more then just this reason. A student in
CAU said, "I take OCU classes because it is easier to get credits, then in the
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When asked why is it so easy, another student said,
"People make a group or take OCU classes with friends and corporate with each
other when taking the test. They corporate among themselves by separating the
parts of their study and taking the test together in the PC room. In addition,
there is no need to listen to the whole lecture, because OCU assumes that the
student attended the class after 20 minutes of the lecture had past. The reality
is that people just turn the lecture on, and then do other things."
When asked whether you feel you learned a lot from the OCU class, a
student said, "No." However, we know this was not such surprising news. It was
also not such surprising news to the school either. The Office of Academic
Administration said, "Yes. We know about such problems. However, OCU is like a
program for exchanging credits with domestic sisterhood universities. For
example, when we enroll a student in a Sisterhood University, we do not become
concern about whether that university has flaws in its program, such as students
cheating on the tests, right? We are also not concerned about whether the
Sisterhood University's credit system is working or not; we just accept the
student's credits from the university. OCU is the same thing. Students cheat on
OCU tests, but we cannot do about it because we sent our students to OCU, and
they run how things will work." When asking what CAU does about this problem, he
said "We are doing our small part by not letting the OCU grow large. We have
been reducing the number of classes from 180 to 150 classes, and there are about
30 to 35 students in each OCU lecture. In addition, we are trying to keep the
number of OCU students to about 5000 if possible. The reason why we agree to
have OCU lectures in CAU was to make students life ubiquitous, to give students
some conveniences in studying. However, the students' lecture satisfactory was
low and the problems about how OCU classes run were rising. There are bad points
as well as good points."
The most common phenomenon about a university's ubiquitous life will be
the usage of the smart card. Did you know that students could pay for their
meals by student card in the student cafeteria? The electronic terminal is
placed above the box where you put your meal ticket that you bought with paper
money in front of the cafeteria entrances. We normally complain about the long
lines and waiting to put the ticket in the box, but it is not necessary to do
this. However, students are not using this device. Why? A student majoring in
Home Economics Education said, "I did not know this smart card terminal worked.
Nobody around me knew how to use them and neither did I."
When asking a
cafeteria cook how many people use their student card as a way to pay for their
meal, she said, "About 20 to 40 people use this devise each day."
Why is it not so popular? The Office of University Planning said, "First
of all, let me make it clear that the money used on the device is not school
money. It is a smart card test run for Wooribank. They are the sponsors. Now, if
the school forces the student to use the smart card the school has to reorganize
many related departments and policies to make it work. The school may do that if
the amount of money used by smart card is large. However, a school cafeteria
meal is only about 2000 won. It is relatively small money, and it is a challenge
to require students to use the smart card. There is no need to actively
revitalize school flows for this device."
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Notebook computers are also an essential item for a ubiquitous life, but
it is not so easy to use notebook computers in CAU. A student in the College of
Natural Sciences said, "It is not so easy to access the Internet in CAU, but I
think a few more Internet antenna in and around the school will make it easier
When asking a student if people using notebook computers in the library
is irritate to the nerves, he said, "Yes. A few people get into fights over
that. The sound of typing is pretty irritating. Also, people usually get into
fights when connecting their notebook computer by inserting a plug into a wall
outlet; then there are the notebooks dropping to the floor because a student
passing by touches the connection line."
The Office of Academic Administration said, "We have Internet antennas
around the school. Most of them are set up where people are most likely to go,
for example, the school cafeteria. We have a telephone company check the lines
regularly, but they cannot all be perfect. Some places are not easy to access.
However, it would be a waste of money to place such antennas where there are not
What about other universities? How is their ubiquitous life? Far East
University set up an electronic teacher's desk in 74 lecture rooms. When
professors write on the teacher's desk, the note automatically appears on the
board for students to see. However, there were complaints. A student in the Far
East University said, "Not all the notes that professors write appear on the
board, it often misses a few letters and professors get a bit annoyed by that."
Sookmyung Women's University started a mobile student card service. A
device that identifies the student is placed on the back of their cellular
phone, so students can use this as a replacement for their student card. In
asking whether you use mobile service to Sookmyung Women's university student,
she said, "No, I never used it and rarely have seen a student using it. I guess
it is because it is not well advertised and only KTF users are able to use the
service. Also, I find no trouble in using just the ordinary student card."
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We think the affects of a ubiquitous life are all around us, and makes
our life better. However, the technology is staying more formal rather then
effective. Are we really living in a ubiquitous life?