The Paperless Student
The Paperless Student is a lifestyle feasibility study. It is part of a larger study on the postive and negative effects that technology has on populations around the world. At least one student will complete his entire undergraduate education without using (or retaining) paper. The student will use a HP TC1100 Tablet PC and Agilix Gobinder software to take notes in class. He will also coordinate with professors to obtain electronic copies of handouts wherever possible. All paper will be eliminated from the subject\\\\\\\'s living space, except legal documents for which the original is required. Since the University and other entities still send some paper items in the mail, during the project the Digital Sender will be used to these paper items to electronic versions. Legacy paper documents, such as class notes, must be converted to electronic format. Once converted, all documents will be stored in a secure database accessible via the Internet. If the student needs a copy of his Winter 2004 bookstore transaction receipt, for example, he can search for the term University Bookstore 2004 and retrieve a copy from the database. All documents will be searchable and portable. The project has some environmental benefits, but the main goal is to learn how having instant access to portable documents affect the life of a university student. Students spend considerable time searching for paper documents. This could affect their quality of life. On the other hand, not having a tangible copy of documents. Finally, the subject will not be allowed to retain any paper until June 2006. All paper items must be scanned into the database within 72 hours.