After we have received a donated device, it is first cleaned and technically checked. Then the staff of the IT department of the Thuringian University and State Library will prepare it so that students can work with it: Any remaining data will be securely and reliably deleted according to the standards of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the computers will be equipped with the open-source operating system Ubuntu and some basic software (e.g. LibreOffice, Internet browser).
Students of Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena who need a laptop can contact the team of the Laptop Donation Campaign by email. As soon as a device is available, they will be notified by email. The devices are allocated on a first-in, first-out basis. Since 18 May 2020, we have been giving out newly installed computers. Students can loan the laptops free of charge for the duration of one semester. If necessary, the loan period can be extended. After returning the device, it will be refurbished by us again so that it can be used by other students.
With the help of the Laptop Donation Campaign, we can help students overcome laptop bottlenecks without any problems and enable everyone to participate in online teaching. The campaign also promotes sustainability: used, but still functional equipment is reused and electronic waste is reduced.
Not all students have the appropriate technical equipment to follow the online lectures from home. Some students report, for example, that they share a laptop with their siblings or flatmates. Many students also use the computer pools and WiFi study spaces of the University and the Thuringian University and State Library, which are currently only available to a limited extent. A loan device relieves the student of this burden, as it allows them to work independently of opening hours and the availability of free places. Other students need a device to prepare for an exam or to write their final thesis, but their own notebook is broken and they cannot afford a new one at short notice. With the Laptop Donation Campaign, we can help these students continue their studies without any delay.
The IT department of the ThULB has set up a telephone hotline at +49 3641 9-404025. The helpline is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13:00 - 17:00. Students can also contact the team via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, the website provides some installation instructions and tips on how to use the laptops.
Several university institutions are jointly involved in the Laptop Donation Campaign. These include the
The team can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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