Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...


Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Mauricio Duarte-Neira (100039166) (039166d@acadiau.ca)
Date: Mon Nov 14 2005 - 12:26:58 EST


On Sun, 13 Nov 2005 22:12:25 -0400, Tom Lopez <Tom.Lopez@oberlin.edu>
wrote:

> Wait a moment. An obligation to make a computer music lab available is
> not the same thing as giving each andevery student their own computer
> music studio. As far as I know, this has never, ever been the case.
> Whenacademic institutions started building electronic music studios
> (oscillators, reel-to-reel decks, and so on), noone would have expected
> the school to give each student their own electronic music studio.
> Science studentscertainly do not expect to receive their own personal
> microscope and software from biology or chemistrydepartments.
> Does anybody know of an academic institution that provides individual
> students their own research tools? whetherin the sciences or the arts?

At Acadia University, here in NS, every student gets a Dell laptop.
Its part of the tuition though. But all student are given something to do
their work on.
As for the Music and Technology Program, student are encouraged to use
free software (some of which is included in the DELL template). Some
university textbooks come with demos or free software for students to
practice on.
Acadia also sells Cubase SL at education rates for students that are
interested; but Cubase is not
required for any course. There is also a MIDI Lab where students can come
and dock their Dell's to do
work in (and there is wireless for everyone everywhere).
Acadia also has licenses of Sibelius for every music student in their Dell
too. I have never heard of Acadia throwing out a student for having
illegal software though, its just too hard to check; maybe they have.
I dont see why students should if the university is already offering the
tools, most books too. What I mean is, downloading pirated software to do
your work is unnescessary. Plus when it comes to learning, you come to a
university to learn from an academic and philosophical perspective, its
not so much (or just) the technicalities. You learn to learn is what I'm
trying to say.
I think students should know better when they do academic work, they
should stick with what they can get in univ. I guess if the univ doesnt
offer much, then, totally the univs fault. Everything else on how they do
or how they learn other than being at the university, is up to them wether
they go illegal or not. They should know better.

Mauricio

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