Lahti University of Applied science is a multidisciplinary institution of higher professional education, formerly known as Lahti Polytechnic in Lahti, Finland.LUAS is located in Southern Finland, 100 km from the capital of Helsinki. The six faculties of LUAS operate in a number of locations in Lahti, with the main central campus rea within a kilometre from the city centre, close to Lake Vesijärvi and the Salpausselkä outdoor recreation area. Wikipedia.
Rantapuska T.,Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2013, IS 2013 | Year: 2013
The existing models meant to help in the ICT investments process are too heavy and technical to be used in SMEs. This paper reports the results of a case study in which the users carry out an ICT investment by applying the Collaborative Software Acquisition (COSA) model. The COSA model applies user participation and team-working in the acquisition of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software products. The results show that the users are willing to commit to the COSA process. However, problems exist related to analysing system requirements and figuring out the system as a whole. The users should also investigate the existing COTS market before the requirement analysis and do the system requirements elicitation together with the evaluation of the existing COTS products. © 2013 IADIS. Source
Sinisalo R.,Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2015
Finding high quality information is an ever-growing challenge in the academic world. The Library of Lahti University of Applied Sciences is tackling this challenge with the new Masto-Finna discovery tool which provides a single search interface for public catalogue and digital collections. With Masto-Finna, students can search the library catalogue and digital collections at the same time, so the amount of time used for teaching technical searching skills can now be used to guide students in source criticism and reference skills. This way, information literacy teaching is hoped to result in students finding higher-quality source material. In the future, Masto-Finna is expected to further increase the usage of digital collections and thus assist in decreasing the carbon footprint by substituting the print collections with online information services. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Source
Sallinen M.,Satakunta University of Applied Sciences |
Kukkurainen M.L.,Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Musculoskeletal Care | Year: 2015
According to earlier research, the prevalence of violence and abuse in the life history of patients with chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia seems to be high in comparison with other pain patients and healthy controls. The purpose of the present study was to explore how experiences of violence and abuse are expressed and reflected on and how the causes and consequences of violence are interpreted by female patients with a long history of fibromyalgia. The data were drawn from narrative interviews of 11 women who had earlier participated in a fibromyalgia-specific rehabilitation course. The findings are presented through three main themes: loss of self-esteem, physical and mental bruises, and loss of womanhood. The onset of fibromyalgia was perceived as an inevitable result of physical or mental trauma. In conclusion, the narrated life stories indicated that violence is still hidden behind a wall of silence and non-interference in our society. The devastating mental and physical consequences of violence in different forms may be carried by the individual for years, even decades. Understanding any exposure to violence that a patient has endured may help healthcare professionals to understand the individual's health behaviour and any possible reluctance to undergo treatment and rehabilitation. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source
Asplund M.,Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Learning 2014, ML 2014 | Year: 2014
Students with different achievement goal orientations have different approaches towards learning and studying. There is a widespread interest to find an easy access into learning spaces for those students who have low motivation with fear of failure and academic withdrawal. Mobile learning offers an easily accessible chance with low threshold to view materials and to carry out mobile assignments. The topic of this cases study was to investigate different achievement goal orientation profiles combined with mobile learning. The aim of the study was to reveal if any correlation could be found between students' achievement goal orientation profiles and results from mobile assignments students did with smartphones on the course "The basics of databases". The sample consisted of students in the second academic year (N=173) at the Faculty of Technology at Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland, of whom 64.7% had an achievement goal orientation profile (n=112). The results of the study imply that no difference can be found between orientation profiles and outcome from mobile assignments. Contrary to what was expected, students with a positive orientation profile (mastery-oriented and success-oriented) did not get any better results from mobile assignments than students with a negative orientation profile (avoidance-oriented). This in turn implies that students with an avoidance-oriented profile could benefit from mobile assignments. © 2014 IADIS. Source
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: PEOPLE-2007-5-1.NIGHT | Award Amount: 112.56K | Year: 2007
The trans-regional (Finnish regions: Kouvola, Lappeenranta, Lahti regions) event Researchers Night has a strong aim to bring researchers into interaction with citizens and to invite all citizens and especially young people and schools to visit the open campuses that night. The Researchers Night intends to increase the awareness of the importance of the research, and subsequently, it is targeted to demonstrate the great importance of researchers work for making a better world and a better life for all. It also aims at showing, how fascinating science is. In this context especially the Marie Curie contribution to the European research will obtain an important role, but also the European academic research cooperation in general. A great diversity of technology research and humanities with a focus on partners main disciplines and strengths will be demonstrated to a large public in a popular way. The demonstrations will be carried out in the most different ways in laboratories and in living labs, city centers and campuses with open doors, even in IC-trains, and connected with cultural performances by local schools such as drama and music - all transmitted by video technics in open air. Excursions, debates and panels between researchers and citizens, lectures, exhibitions, presentations, round tables and entertaining discussions, a quiz Path of Science, researchers bus service Science Line and a drawing competition will be arranged around the topic. An international on-line communication with other European universities during the event is planned. All regional players are invited to demonstrate a real research-public-private partnership and to contribute to the dialog between society and research. Additionally, two other events will take place at the same time: the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and a commercial demonstration action called Night of Fashion. A visible media campaign will be arranged before and during the event.