BORDERS College has committed £100,000 to create seven ‘Digital Hubs’ across the region.
The new suites, which are being installed at its Galashiels, Newtown St Boswells, Hawick and Tweedbank campuses, will be fitted with top video conferencing facilities.
They will give students who live further afield the chance to work remotely – by connecting them with their lecturers online.
The College has teamed up audio-visual specialists Mediascape to install the equipment and Ajenta, to provide the video conferencing service.
New screens, microphones and video cameras will be put in the hubs over the coming months as part of the project, which is being partly funded by the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.
E-learning Manager for Borders College Conor Bradley said:
“The Digital Hubs will provide opportunities for new ways of delivering remote teaching and learning across the Borders.
“These new delivery modes are designed with the aim of improving students’ equity of access to a wider range of subjects.
“Where currently a student located further away from College sites may find the travel time and cost prohibitive for study, future College courses will offer opportunities to participate remotely via a combination of remote delivery over video conferencing and online learning materials.
“The College is pleased to be working with Mediascape and is looking forward to delivering new ways of accessing learning to students.”