Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Helping Students Find Available Computers on Campus

LabSeat is a new web application that was installed on our lab computers last year.  These simple computer lab maps show computer availability in real time before you leave for the lab. This is especially useful during busier times such as midterms and finals week as students can choose where to study by how many computers are available.

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Often times a lab is underutilized because students don’t know it exists. They flock to common areas like the library or student center, walking past smaller labs in department buildings or multi-use classroom labs.

Manhattan College's Computer Labs were featured in a recent article on the LabStats website:  How to Even Out Computer Lab Usage Across Campus

The launch of the LabSeat project was a result of a collaboration of IT Services Operations, Web and Collaboration and Desktop Operations teams.  They were able to use LabStats Application Programming Interface (API) and make it possible to share LabStats data with other software programs.

The result of this successful initiative resulted in an excellent tool which helps students find tech on campus and allows IT Services to use the data to run our labs and equipment more efficiently.

Partially reposted from:  Helping Students Find Tech on Campus