The proportion of University of New England students studying online is a remarkable 80%.
The large-scale deployment of Microsoft Lync 2013 will allow communication and collaboration among staff and students, including the online delivery of lectures.
"At UNE, our staff and students can now benefit from the most innovative online learning experience through software-based audio, video, conferencing, and collaboration via Microsoft Lync," said UNE IT director, Robert Irving.
UNE also plans to use Skype/Lync connectivity as part of its student recruitment process, allowing prospective students to speak to staff at no cost, even from overseas.
"Rather than simply replace their phone system, UNE saw an opportunity to embrace a truly unified communication and collaboration platform" said John Schneider, managing director of Computer Systems Australia, the company that handled UNE's Lync deployment.
"Lync enables the University to deliver a superior set of educational tools directly into the hands of its users through the device of their choice, no matter where they are."