A videoconferencing link over the NBN was set up between twenty students at Holmesglen TAFE in Victoria and industry practitioners under a pilot program supported by AARNet.
According to AARNet, the service is using a 100Mbps NBN service to support high quality video conferencing with professional graphic designers, enabling the students "to step inside their chosen fields to get real time feedback and a glimpse into what their professional lives will look like when they complete their studies...
"Holmesglen TAFE previously invited leading industry specialists to speak with students, and occasionally groups conducted a workplace visit, but with high definition video conferencing the ability to connect students with real life scenarios and professional graphic designers has seen marked improvements in student results."
AARNet lent Holmesglen TAFE the equipment and provided its services to help set up the system. AARNet Business Development Manager Jamie Sunderland, said: "Fundamentally this project has been about enhancing the student experience and making sure education stays relevant in this digital age.
"The NBN gave us the ability to quickly setup a relatively high bandwidth connection for a few sessions then disconnect it again when no longer required. You cannot do this sort of activity with copper based ADSL broadband links."
He added: "So far we have run three successful sessions and the responses from students have been fantastic because it enables them to get feedback from industry practitioners in a safe environment. The first session we ran through the AARNet office, but the subsequent two have linked to Holmesglen TAFE from an NBN-connected studio in Brunswick."
Holmesglen TAFE's learning innovation and development project officer, Cristy Tessier, said: "We embarked on this project as a more efficient way of connecting our students with industry practitioners in their chosen fields of study; initially for those students enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design."
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