There are several different ways a laptop program can be implemented. What follows are the most common strategies for implementing a laptop program and the issues arising from each of the approaches.
Required Purchase Program
In the required purchase program the laptop is the property of the student unless there is some mechanism by which the laptop is purchased back. Given the speed with which technology evolves, the length of time a student owns the laptop can lead to the dating of the technology. The amount of time the student owns the laptop can also relate to the physical wear and tear as well as support, which can be more challenging the longer the laptop is in use.
Since the laptop is required it is necessary for the institution to have replacement laptops for temporary use in the event the student’s laptop does not work, which could require the institution to purchase or lease similar laptops and incur the expense. In addition, the laptop purchase program should have warranty coverage for any required offsite repairs and a loaner available in this event. As discussed previously, onsite laptop support should be provided. Finally, pre-planning for laptop distribution is required as well as for any additional support related issues.