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Wireless upgrade opens up future of learning

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A wireless network upgrade at East Riding College’s Bridlington campus will further open up the future of learning to students.

The overhaul will support the rapidly growing “e-learning” agenda at the College – which is seen as a leader in the field – and increase learners’ freedom to study online resources anywhere in the building.

It will involve replacing all existing wireless access points, increasing the number of them and expanding the area they cover.

e-learning manager Nathan Cobb said: “This will make it easier and faster for students to connect and will ensure the network will enable larger numbers of devices to access the internet simultaneously.

“We have an increasing number of students wanting to have access to the internet and College systems using their own mobile phones, tablets and laptops anywhere in the College, rather than going to a fixed PC terminal.”

He added: “e-learning isn’t about replacing tutors and practical work but about enabling students to access information and resources when and how they choose to so they can study in the way and at times that suit them.

“We provide everything they might need to achieve their qualification but if a student wants to use their own device and doing so will encourage them to study, we are very happy to support that.”

e-learning is essentially the use of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment.

It means students can access resources and information, take part in activities, communicate with their tutor and access detailed essay feedback, all online, whether that is in the College or at home.

The aim is to ensure that teaching and learning reflects the increasing use of mobile phones, tablets and other devices in people’s everyday lives, and to use such techniques to get the best out of people.

Travel and tourism student Sam Spalding, 19, from Bridlington, said: “I use the iPads and laptops all the time so it’s great to hear that the wireless network is going to be improved and expanded.

“I have both at home and I’m used to using them all the time, especially the iPad because it’s so quick and flexible, so it’s important to me to be able to use them at college.”

For more information about East Riding College and its courses, visit www.eastridigncollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.

 

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