Issue 9 - October 5, 2009 enews homee

Now CDU can dish out internet - anywhere

Mike Drew

Mike Drew with Alice Springs students

By Jason McIntosh

Youtube, rich multimedia internet sites and engaging interactive learning experiences are now within reach of the most remote students thanks to go-anywhere satellites.

Charles Darwin University’s growing Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) Program received a major boost recently when it took delivery of a new auto-deploy satellite dish.

The 1.2 metre wide dish uses plug-and-play technology, making it easy for trainers to tap into an internet connection.

Thematic Leader of Business and Information Technology studies at the Alice Springs campus, Michael Drew said the new satellite technology opened up IDL learning technologies to remote students.

“It’s a big step from older and cumbersome models that required great time, sweat and effort to property align,” he said.

“The rich world of the internet, combined with quality teaching, can and will make a huge difference to these communities that are very keen to see more training.

“We look forward to helping these communities help themselves with the delivery of business training, assessment and IT courses throughout communities across Central Australia.”

The dish will be used in CDU’s mobile adult learning classrooms and will allow additional trainers located at CDU’s multiple campuses to log-in and provide additional training and support to the remote students.

The autodeploy satellite system was made possible by a grant from Federal Government's Better TAFE Facilities funding.