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Australian universities launch wireless learning research with HP technology grants

  • 23 September, 2004 17:43

<p>MELBOURNE, Australia, 23 September 2004 – RMIT University will spearhead research into how mobile technology can advance student learning, thanks to Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Mobile Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative.</p>
<p>RMIT University in Melbourne, and Perth-based Curtin University of Technology were among seven universities throughout the Asia Pacific region to be presented with $136,000 in HP’s wireless Tablet PCs and iPAQ handheld devices and an additional $14,000 in funds to support the project.</p>
<p>Design and health and clinical sciences students at RMIT University will trial the technology in a research project that will begin in the first semester of 2005.</p>
<p>The Hon John Brumby MP, Treasurer, Minister for Innovation and Minister for State and Regional Development presented RMIT University Vice Chancellor Chris Whitaker with a certificate and wireless technology at a ceremony on the Melbourne campus today.</p>
<p>RMIT Vice-Chancellor Chris Whitaker said the mobility grant enabled RMIT to further develop its vision for a wireless campus where technology was integrated into core learning methodologies.</p>
<p>“I’m delighted with the support and relationship we have developed with HP and the RMIT research project will focus on identifying proven educational benefits to mobile technology,” said Professor Whitaker.</p>
<p>Up to 25 leading universities across the Asia Pacific region were invited to submit proposals, each having established a vision for mobile computing and with specific research projects to implement.</p>
<p>*At RMIT University, first year students in the Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Systems) stream will pilot the Tablet PCs.</p>
<p>* Programmers from the RMIT Intelligent Agent Group, led by Associate Professor Lin Padgham will design and develop intelligent software agents that enhance the mobile collaboration environment for Design students. This intelligent collaboration environment has the potential to be applied to other educational disciplines across the University, and to benefit a wide range of RMIT students.</p>
<p>Mr Paul Brandling, Vice President and Managing Director, HP South Pacific, said: “University life, with all the demands of academic and professional learning, provides an ideal research environment where the flexibility, connectivity and new learning mediums inherent in mobile technology can be tested.</p>
<p>“This is the second year HP has announced these grants and the results so far seem to indicate a proven expansion of the students’ learning experiences. I look forward to seeing the results of this research project.</p>
<p>“The fusion of technology into educational practices continues to transform the way students approach their studies and HP is committed to contributing to Australian education.”</p>
<p>In 2003, the first Australian winners were the University of Melbourne and Charles Darwin University (Northern Territory).</p>
<p>About RMIT
RMIT University is one of Australia’s leading educational institutions. Formed in 1887, the university has grown to become one of the largest in the country and has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in vocational and technical education and research. RMIT offers more than 200 TAFE and higher educational programs across a broad range of fields. Many specialist programs are regarded as among the best of their type in Australia. Traditional strengths such as engineering, business and IT sit beside popular contemporary fields including life sciences, communications and fashion. Its 57,000 students study at RMIT campuses in Melbourne and regional Victoria, Vietnam, online, by distance education, and at partner institutions throughout the world.</p>
<p>About HP
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended 31 July 2004, HP revenue totalled $78.4 billion. More information about HP is available at</p>
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