An Automatic Laptop Lending Machine for Metropolia Students

12.11.2014

Metropolia’s Leppävaara Campus has received a brand new laptop lending machine from which students can borrow a laptop for study purposes. Laptop lending machine is used to test how learning can be supported in a modern way.

Fixed computer labs do not serve new flexible learning methods and group sizes ideally. In addition, a single computer’s average usage in a fixed computer class has turned out to be to be quite low. That is why the fixed number of computer workstations in teaching will be reduced and replaced by new means to achieve the learning environment for example with students’ own devices or devices provided by the organization.

High-quality teaching and learning require a functional learning environment. Students’ own laptops might not be usable at all times. Development of IT environments is also part of the Metropolia campus project: the new campuses and facilities allow the introduction of new practices.

Use of the machine is simple:
◾Student arrives to the lending machine, and authenticates himself either with his student credentials or with an RFID card and his password
◾The lending machine releases a laptop to the student, and the student moves on to carry on his studies in the Metropolia campus area
◾After usage, the student returns the laptop to the lending machine, which identifies the laptop and accepts the return. At the same time the lending machine starts to recharge the laptop.

During the testing period, the laptop lending time has been set at four hours. This gives more users the chance to try out the laptops during the day. The lending machine will not give out machines with a too low battery capacity.
The laptops are basic laptops from Dell. When a student logs on to the laptop, it automatically connects to Metropolia's virtual desktop environment. This makes the laptops need less administrative operations, and the usage of the student environments does not need much power from the laptop.

Metropolia IT-services Wikipage

For more information please contact:
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
IT Service Manager Mikko Mäkelä
p. 040 553 2813
firstname.lastname@metropolia.fi


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