Wireless network increases options for Condobolin TAFE students

Darcy Whitla and Donna Edwards are both currently studying Certificate III in Employment Education and Training at Condoboin TAFE. DGBy Dominic Geiger

Condobolin TAFE students no longer have to travel huge distances just to attend classes thanks to the recent introduction of TAFE Western’s Wireless Network.

The wireless network access has been commissioned at all TAFE Western colleges, which stretch from Broken Hill to Lithgow and from Lightening Ridge to Cowra.

Education Support Officer at TAFE Western Condobolin, Sue Henley, said the technology would allow for increased flexibility in how students chose to study.

“I think it’s great; the students can bring their own laptops and can hook up to video conferences which are taking place in Orange,” she said.

“In the same way, teachers in Condobolin can present video conferences here to students in Parkes or Forbes.

“It also gives students scope to take part in outdoor learning if it’s a nice day as they can just use their laptops to connect to classes.”

Sue said far from replacing other forms of learning, the Wireless Network would simply exist as an option for those students who were already tech savvy.

“It all depends on the student,” she said.

“The technology just allows for more learning options.”

TAFE Western Institute Director, Kate Baxter, said TAFE teachers were now able to use online material, video and other resources on the wireless network in every building including trade workshops.

“In addition to the wireless network, TAFE Western has also been developing more online training courses in project management, financial services, information technology, electrical and mechanical engineering, retail, tertiary preparation, children’s services and welfare,” she said.

“We have a goal to have 20 course areas previously not online, delivered using new technology which allows the participation of geographically dispersed students.”

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