supporting maths learners at distance: drake centre

Just been catching with David and Eddie w.r.t their need to provide student centred Maths support for Nurses at Drake Centre. They’d like to explore a number of desktop conferencing solutions, with different pen / graphical inputs. There looks to be lots of overlap with the emerging model (institutional need) in an earlier post.

Their needs are … a virtual whiteboard and synchronous audio chat for two way communication

A few additional needs to factor in; drake centre is on UCS network … we own it, not the LNs (need to confirm), therefore should be able to roll out software, hardware drivers etc., The Drake centre has designated machines / spaces, so if hardware OK, can roll out, they’ll be providing set times for these 1-2-1 sessions per week.

They’ve started exploring Skype and will be willing to try Blackboard’s Virtual Classroom (although doesn’t over audio at the moment).

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