November 30, 2015, by Aleisha Turner
Flexible learning in the Ada Lovelace Lab
A thank you event was held earlier this month in the new Ada Lovelace Computer Science Lab to recognise the joint efforts of staff from IS and the School of Computer Science who collaborated on the Flexible Desktop project. Host Professor Jon Garibaldi led the evening which was attended by the Information Services Flexible Desktop project team as well as staff from the School of Computer Science. Also in attendance were a number of staff from across the University who expressed interest in implementing similar, flexible learning spaces in their own schools and faculties.
The Flexible Desktop project included the refurbishment of room A32, which has been renamed the Ada Lovelace Computer Science Laboratory, in the Computer Science building. Lab A32 once contained 200 fixed desktop PCs and made for a very static learning environment. As part of the refurbishment the number of fixed desktops was reduced to 100 creating an open, technology rich environment where students can access School software on their own devices. The Flexible Desktop virtual environment also enables students to use software from any location with internet access.
Head of the School of Computer Science, Professor Uwe Aickelin commented, “This has been a technically challenging project and as a result there are still a number of unresolved issues. However, it’s already apparent that this new service means that students aren’t restricted to labs and lab PCs enabling them to manage their workload better.”
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