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Students Demand Wired Campus

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Increased fees = increased demands:

About 1,000 existing and prospective students and some 50 lecturers were canvassed for the Digital Campus report.

More than half the students (58 per cent) say having access to computers and the latest software is one of the most important factors when choosing an institution – more so than having well-qualified and accessible lecturers (53 per cent).

About half the students questioned (45 per cent) point to increased fees when asked to justify their desire for the latest technology, while 51 per cent say it will help them develop the “essential skills” they need for the workplace.

“Just having access to the internet, email and standard software programmes such as Word is no longer enough,” the report says.

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The Physical Campus: On its way out?

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There’s lots of debate as to what the 21st century classroom will grow to look like, and Times Higher Education picks up another story suggesting that the physical campus will become a thing of the past, as students log in when/where they want:

The traditional university model is unlikely to survive the next 50 years because teaching, examinations and student social life will be offered separately on an “a la carte” basis, the British Council’s annual Going Global conference has heard.

Opening the event in London, Ben Wildavsky, senior scholar in research and policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas-based educational charity, said there was a trend towards the “unbundling” of the activities that universities traditionally have performed.

“The conventional combination of activities in a single physical campus – teaching, curriculum, socialisation and networking, credentialing, and in some cases research – is increasingly being questioned,” said Mr Wildavsky, author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World (2010).

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