Supporting the student learning experience

27 February 2012

We would like to update you on the progress of two new developments which are designed to support students' learning experience.

1) Learning Hubs

The University is renewing key learning space facilities for use in 2012. These include the PNR Learning Hub (in the PNR Building on Darlington Campus) and the Carslaw Learning Hub (at street level in the Carslaw building on the Camperdown Campus).

We have had a number of enquiries regarding when these will be ready for use. The final works will be complete over the next couple of weeks and the hubs will open for student use in the first week of semester.

The purpose of the learning hubs is to facilitate engaged enquiry, providing our students with individual, pair and group-work facilities, integrated with learning technologies, to support their studies in between their other course commitments. The hubs contain computers, printing services, wi-fi internet access, and virtual desktop facilities which provide students with access to more than 200 discipline-specific software applications.

A formal launch for these spaces, along with works in the Fisher Library, will occur later in the year.

2) Mobile learning resources

The University is also rolling out a mobile application (app) for unit of study materials delivered through the University Learning Management System (LMS). Student and staff users of the app will be able to download a version for either iPhones or Android devices.

Full installation instructions and support information will be available on the homepage of the University LMS once users have logged in from Thursday 1 March.

Students will be provided with information about both of these initiatives in the first week of semester.

These projects represent a significant investment in both our physical and digital infrastructure that will improve the educational experience of all of our students.

Yours sincerely

Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Registrar

Bruce Meikle, Chief Information Officer

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