“At first everyone did not quality for a desktop computer,” she said. “Or a printer. Or a laptop. There were processes and politics and relationships that decided who would get access to this technology.”

This is a process that still occurs today, she said, but just at a much quicker pace. The sudden explosion of mobile devices on campus and the accompanying bring your own device (BYOD) policies was not something many campus leaders predicted.

Now, the issue is one of the most popular topics of this year’s EDUCAUSE conference, and similar conversations are taking place on campuses across the country.

“I believe the accidental revolution continues today,” Rowe said.

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