How Strode College is combining network reliability and authenticated access to bring online resources to its learners.
“With Jisc we simply don’t have the problems you hear of with commercial providers, whether data loss, connectivity issues or takeovers. There has just been constant, reliable good service.”
Tim Blake, head of IT, Strode College
Network reliability for Strode College is vital. Tim says:
“Our budget is always under review and we don’t have the time, resources or skills to be field experts in all of the technology that we use, so having a good quality, reliable service means a huge amount to us.
“This is becoming significantly more relevant as we are increasing our use of online resources, including remote assessment and online examinations. The system helps us to cope with the demand for our limited resources.”
Shibboleth, underpinned by the Janet Network, provides learners with seamless authenticated access to relevant access the resources they need from home or on the move. Helping leaners who commute on buses for up two hours to and from the campus.
Free e-books for FE not only saves the college time by not negotiating digital resources, which would mean they need more staff, but also enables the college to offer a greater breadth of products for learners.
Angela Leavens, head of learning resources and e-learning says:
“The fact that we get e-books for FE for free through Jisc is absolutely fantastic! E-books are so much easier from our point of view than a hard copy.
"We get the title quickly, everyone can use it at the same time and we can have one e-book that will service the entire student body; you can’t say that of a paper book”
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