Bond University goes global with multimedia classroom
Located in The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, the Global Links Room has been specifically designed to support Bond’s blended learning model and the university’s commitment to being globally connected.
The focal point of the Global Links Room is its leading-edge, dual-screen web and video conferencing facilities (C40 Tandberg video conferencing codec) that will enable Bond University staff and students to learn, collaborate, and share with students, academics and corporates worldwide, in class and at any other time they desire.
Bond University’s Vice Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the facility would provide a much richer, more immersive global environment than was previously available and enable multiple new partnerships with other international universities to flourish.
“The Global Links Room will enable lecturers to expand a class of twenty into a virtual forum of hundreds by linking up with other classes or tutorials at universities around the world,” Professor Brailsford said. “This facility enables face-to-face learning on a global scale. Our students don’t need to be in the same room, country or timezone to be in the same classroom as students from the other side of the globe.”
The Bond University professor added that today’s modern student is a digital native, global internet citizen and forward-looking multitasker all in one, and requires enabling learning places and technology to help him/her not only match, but also lead the crowd.
“Our students also require innovative and leading-edge instruction empowered with modern curriculum, teaching philosophies and methods relevant for today and years to come. When you add to this equation a place which enables progressive and forward-looking education driven by state-of-the-art technology, some amazing results can be achieved.”
Professor Brailsford said the multimedia classroom is a place where students can experience the best of a blended learning approach to teaching, the ability to cultivate global links and connections, and the chance to expand and develop their academic and professional networks.
“It will enable not only fast and crystal-clear connections, but also facilitate the use of cutting-edge educational software and e-learning tools of today and the future,” Professor Brailsford said.
Given the importance of Bond University’s student experience and their commitment to educational excellence, the Global Links Room is an innovative technology-enabled learning space that will enable webinars and training sessions for professors and lecturers which allow them to master new skills and techniques. Whether it be using Bond’s iLearn learning management system, a program such as online virtual learning or a software application yet to be developed, the Global Links Room will act as a blended learning hub and hotspot of the whole university.
Dr Neil Balnaves of The Balnaves Foundation said they were thrilled with what the latest addition to The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre will mean for Bond students and academics, saying that classes could be enriched by the conducting of interviews and discussions with chief justices, surgeons, CEOs of multinational companies, and industry leaders from around the world.
Made possible through the generous support of Dr Neil Balnaves and The Balnaves Foundation, the new multimedia classroom will help forge new social and learning networks, connections in business and education ties which will enable and define the leaders and experts of the future.
About Bond UniversityThe vision of Bond University is to be Australian in character yet international in perspective.
Bond University defines internationalization throughout policy and practice as ensuring that
- international students have a quality university experience;
- all graduates are prepared to work and function in contexts throughout the world; and
- the university provides leadership for global relations.