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IT upgrades improve student learning experience

 Students are set to benefit from a number of information technology upgrades happening across the college.

The college’s Chief Information Officer Swain Kirk explained it was important to provide students with the most effective and efficient technological learning environment.

“After a review of the technology our students and staff use, it was determined there was a need for real improvements to align us with industry standards,” Swain said.

The college-wide deployment of Windows 10 is almost complete, as is an upgrade and transition to laptops for all lecturers.

“The use of Windows 10 and the upgrade to Office 365 brings us up to industry business standards for desktop technology,” Swain said.

The physical upgrade of classroom technology will improve the way lecturers deliver their training.

“The move from Windows 7 to a Windows 10 environment delivers a Microsoft-supported environment that assists with our defence against unwanted cyber intrusions,” Swain said.

In the near future the college will be making improvements to the WiFi network which will support students’ learning and the flexibility of bringing your own device (BYOD) to college.

Bunbury Building Design and Drafting Lecturer Mohamed Asar welcomed the developments.

“The latest enhancement to our Computer Aided Design and Building Information Modelling labs with new PCs and dual screens should help our Diploma students work with equipment and devices similar to our local industry,” Mohamed said.

Principal Lecturer Lisa Niehaus said the introduction of Office 365 had greatly assisted business students at the Bunbury campus. 

“Many of our business units have recently been revised with the addition of cloud knowledge and experience,” Lisa said.

“Having Office 365 in the classroom gives students the realistic working experience that is a requirement of our industry standards,” she said.

For Business Studies Lecturer Michael Brown, also at Bunbury, the use and availability of Office 365 has improved the access of material for both students and lecturers. 

“One of the biggest advantages to students is the OneDrive storage repository which allows for the storage and retrieval of all electronic documents from any device they care to use,” he said.

For English as a Second Language Lecturer Damien Sivewright at the Albany campus, updating computers and software is essential for students to learn using the most up-to-date technology possible.

“We need to make sure students have access to the same software and equipment they will use in the workplace,” Damien said.

He said for lecturers, having to adapt to new systems at a busy time of year had been a challenge, but the transition had been smoother than most had anticipated, and all their efforts would benefit the students.

Photo caption: Lecturer Mohamed Asar’s Building Design students will benefit from the technology upgrades to the College systems and computer labs. 

Page last updated March 11, 2020