Learning Solutions provider, DDLS, has launched its DDLS Anywhere program, a mobile distance education service to allow Australian students to attend courses online.
The company said its new offering is underpinned by new Sydney offices which are NBN-ready and include a more telepresence-enabled classrooms.
The service will students to attend classes in full HD video and audio, creating a virtual classroom experience unparalleled in the professional training industry.
DDLS chief executive, Mal Shaw, said the company’s clients often have a training budget but no travel budget.
“Australia is a large country and not everyone lives in a capital city so DDLS Anywhere will take the training to them and eliminate the hurdle of prohibitive travel costs,” he said.
Shaw went on to say the launch of the new service coincided with DDLS’ relocation to new offices, at Pitt St in Sydney’s southern CBD, as the NBN offered access to network speeds and bandwidth previously unavailable.
He explained the key advantage to telepresence over traditional webinar-based learning was that the training experience was vastly enhanced, allowing students to actively participate rather than merely typing into a chat window, which in turn improved student learning outcomes.
“Our latest client experience evaluations showed students who attended telepresence or in-person classes achieved the same learning outcomes, compared with webinar classes which were significantly lower,” he said.
”Webinar is more suited to shorter classes, around 90 minutes, but when you’re contemplating attending a class which is five days a week, eight hours a day, then you want to be engaged as much as possible.
“Some of the feedback we’ve had from clients is that the peer-to-peer learning and lunchtime networking is incredibly important to their professional development, so we will continue to host in-person classes for those who wish to attend.”
DDLS Anywhere will be available on January 11, 2016. Its availability will coincide with the opening of DDLS’ new offices in Sydney.