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- Over 30 programmes to be available online by 2013
- Five year roadmap for online education announced by DCU President, Prof Brian MacCraith
- New agreement with Google to deploy Chromebooks for first year students
- Over eighty per cent of DCU’s programmes will be available in blended / online format by 2015, it was announced today (Tuesday 13th Sept) as part of the university’s major commitment to online education.
New Agreement with Google
As part of this online strategy, DCU also announced a new agreement with Google to purchase Chromebooks for Education, becoming the first higher education institution in Europe to adopt the devices. DCU will be providing the Chromebooks to students on a small number of selected programmes at no charge.Chromebooks, built and optimised for the web, offer a faster, simpler and more secure experience without all the headaches of ordinary computers. With built-in Wi-Fi or 3G, switching on or rebooting in only 8 seconds, they can save precious lecture time and allow students to get connected anytime and anywhere, accessing information and documents quickly and easily.
Commenting on today’s announcement, DCU President, Professor Brian MacCraith said: “It is very clear that the future of all education, and higher education in particular, will have a significant online dimension. This future is all about ‘blended learning’, and this means a flexible combination of online interactions and face-to-face learning. This approach will enhance not only choices and flexibility but also the quality of the learning experience.