Charles Sturt University is set to deploy a new videoconferencing platform to its more than 20,000 distance learning students.
The Pexip Infinity platform will allow students, faculty, and staff to instantly communicate face-to-face via personal virtual meeting rooms (VMRs) that foster engagement and collaboration.
Charles Sturt University is Australia's largest regional educational institution.
Now with an excess of 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, or single subjects, CSU's leading global distance education program has become the largest in the region.
Using the scalable meeting platform, the continuing education program provides intuitive online learning where students and lecturers can meet in VMRs in order to participate in classroom discussions, knowledge sharing, or team-based collaborations within an easy-to-use virtual environment.
CSU acting executive director of information technology, Philip Roy, said the university was the leading provider of distance education in Australia, with 60 per cent of its students studying fully online.
"So the solution needed to be accessible from many different devices, from any location, and required the scaling capabilities to facilitate the provision of the video conferencing service to that cohort," he said.
"By deploying Pexip Infinity, we've taken a definitive step in ensuring that our online learning remains empowering and simple to use while guaranteeing that it can be easily expanded to meet any of our future requirements.
"By giving our distance learning students their own personal VMRs, we're taking away some of the fear and mystery of not being able to physically attend classes on campus."
Powering more than 25,000 VMRs and virtual auditoriums, Pexip Infinity will be deployed at multiple data centers and managed from a single location by a team of only two administrators.
CSU reckons that the majority of students will be active users within 12 months.
The platform natively supports HD video conferencing right from inside any major web browser, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.
With CSU's primary end user client being web-browser based, Infinity removes any accessibility obstacles, providing the easiest-to-use distance learning solution that doesn't require participants to be IT experts in order to engage.
Pexip chief executive, Simen Teigre said it was a very big day for the company.
"The fact that Charles Sturt University has selected our solution really shows that our platform is up to any virtual communication task," he said.
"We built Infinity to provide large-scale institutions with a solution that is simple to deploy, manage, and use.
He said knowing the amount of students that would be using the company's platform from all types of endpoints, clients, and devices, with little or no prior knowledge of enterprise-scale videoconferencing.
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"This becomes a very strong endorsement," he said. Knowing CSU provides a true world-class and leading distance education program makes us very proud to be a part of future generations' education and learning."