20 March 2013
The Cooma Universities Centre is proving very popular with locals since opening only two weeks ago.
Local student, Jess Perkins, who is studying a Bachelor of Pharmacy through the University of New England’s distance education program, was the first student to register on the morning of the official opening on the 6th March. Jess made first use of the lecture rooms with an interactive online lecture conducted in the afternoon the centre opened.
Another six students registered with the Cooma Universities Centre in the first week alone and now registrations are over 20.
The ability to provide students with a high quality online learning experience is through the centre’s connection to the AARNet system – the Australia’s Academic and Research Network. This network provides high-speed broadband and related services to the universities across Australia and is linked to the Cooma Universities Centre. The system allows students at the centre to participate in University study as if they were on campus.
The Cooma Universities Centre has a ‘Study Zone’ with PC’s that students can use and connect with their University. In addition, the centre also has Wi-Fi connection and stations for students using their own laptops, meaning up to 50 students can be accommodated at the centre at any one time.
There has been ongoing discussions with other potential university partners over the past week. Centre Coordinator Zoe Dawson said” interest in the centre has been growing and we recently hosted a visit by the Isolated Parents and Children’s Association, University of Canberra and NSW Government representatives keen to see first-hand how the centre is operating and its popularity with locals.”