Borders College has teamed up with communications company Ajenta to install video conferencing facilities on campus.
High-tech equipment is being put in at new ‘Digital Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ sites which have been set up to allow students to work remotely by connecting them with their lecturers online.
Ajenta will power the rooms with its VScene video conferencing service 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: “We were particularly impressed by Ajenta’s support of the e-Sgoil online school based in Stornoway.
“Using the VScene service, e-Sgoil has now been delivering remote learning to pupils across the Western Isles for over two years, significantly expanding the choice of subjects available to students.
“As the College’s new Digital Hub sites are installed over the coming months, staff will begin to undergo training on how to use VScene in a variety of scenarios, including classroom delivery, continual professional development training and staff meetings.
“Planning is currently underway for a number of courses in 2019/20 that will involve remote delivery to students, offering more opportunities closer to home with reduced travel times.
“In addition, the College hopes to see staff adopt video conferencing across its work to help keep staff more connected, wherever they are living and working in the Borders.”