Digital Infrastructures, Higher Education and the Net-Generation of Students

John W. Sims, Ian P. Solomonides


Students currently in higher education in the industrialised world have unprecedented access to web-based technologies and tools, and are likely to have engaged with online activities throughout their educational experiences. More widely, there is increasing pressure on universities to provide flexible learning environments and access to resources. This is keenly felt in the computer laboratory, where once dedicated, stand-alone machines provided software packages for students to work on during timetabled sessions. In recognising the move away from such patterns, Macquarie University is developing software and infrastructure to enable distributed access at any time to students, thus making a conceptual and physical shift from so-called ‘Local Area Networking’ to ‘Wide Area Networking’ and enabling greater freedom of access. The initiative is from within the Division of Economics and Financial Studies (EFS), but is applicable to students of any discipline in any university. This paper describes the development and discusses some of the implications for learning and teaching.

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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