It’s true what they say – education and self study has changed a lot, especially when I compare it to when I was studying! Gone are the days when you have to fight for a seat in the computer lab or the library ahead of deadlines and dissertations – well not exactly; but with greater accessibility to software and programmes, self study has very much become a private personal activity. One that people can now do at home, in the park, or a coffee shop.
Ravensbourne, a specialist higher education institution in London, has taken this idea a step further. Specialising in vocationally focused courses from fashion, television and broadcasting, to interactive product design, architecture and environment design, to name but a few, the University has placed pioneering technology within education at its core by introducing our Education Enterprise License Agreement (EELA).
This enables the provision of industry‐standard software to both staff and students from any device, at any time and any place – truly fantastic! A practical way of implementing Ravensbourne’s philosophy of open, applied, learning and the amalgamation of skills, the EELA agreement exposes its student community to technology and software used by disciplines other than their own. So for example, a fashion student now has access to tools traditionally used by their peers studying graphic design.
Chris Thompson, director of enterprise and innovation, Ravensbourne said: “By working with Adobe, Ravensbourne enables students to express their ideas and knowledge through a variety of digital channels and media, building essential digital communication skills as well as ignite a new passion for learning.”
Ravensbourne is just one example of how higher education institutions are paving the way, helping their students to gain a wider skillset for their transition into the working world.