Dublin City University adopts Chromebooks as part of 'blended' strategy
Over 30 programmes to be available online by 2013
TechLife | 22 Sep 2011 :
Dublin City University (DCU) has added an additional 15 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will be available either online or 'blended' - a combination of online and face-to-face teaching - for the academic year 2012/13. It is expected that 80% of the University's courses will be available this way by 2015, with over 200 staff taking part in specialised training courses.
As part of this online strategy, DCU announced a new agreement with Google to purchase Chromebooks for Education, becoming the first higher education institution in Europe to adopt the devices. DCU will be providing the Chromebooks to students on a small number of selected programmes at no charge.
DCU President Prof Brian MacCraith said: "It is very clear that the future of all education, and higher education in particular, will have a significant online dimension. This future is all about blended learning,.. This approach will enhance not only choices and flexibility but also the quality of the learning experience.
"The way students learn and the way we teach is changing rapidly and we need to develop solutions that take into account how people access information today and how they share knowledge. Everyone should be offered every opportunity for a good education and location and time should no longer be inhibiting factors. This online approach will facilitate learning at any time and any place."
Pictured (l-r): Grainne Phelan, Google Education with DCU student Eimear Kelly