A new hosted email service – including instant messaging, an online calendar and the ability to share online documents – will be available to more than 80,000 students and staff at TAFE SA from next year.
Employment, Training and Further Education Minister, Michael O’Brien says Microsoft’s ‘Live@edu’ email service and collaboration platform has won the three-year contract and will be available across all TAFE SA campuses ready for the start of classes in 2010.
“Live@edu will give students and staff access to multiple online communications, anytime, anywhere over the internet,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Students can chat live to one another or to a lecturer via the instant messaging service; they can collaborate on group assignments by being able to view and edit documents online; they can use the hosted email service, accessible by logging onto the internet.
“This contract with Microsoft is underpinned by the Skills Strategy for South Australia’s Future, which recommends greater use of online technology to complement traditional methods of course delivery, thereby ensuring TAFE SA continues to meet the needs of students into the future.
“TAFE SA will now be able to participate more in this space through Live@edu, which also includes student or lecturer’s blogs or social media, such as forums and photo sharing,” Mr O’Brien said.
Implementation costs of around $250,000 will be met by the State Government and carried out by ICT services supplier, Dimension Data.
Microsoft Australia’s Public Sector Director Pip Marlow says: “We are seeing an accelerating take-up of cloud based solutions in the education sector that is being driven by student and teacher demand to have world-class ICT tools and services at their fingertips”.
“TAFE SA and the State Government have recognised that the needs of students and staff are evolving and have adopted an innovative strategy to keep South Australia at the forefront of quality education service provision,” she said.
The three-year contract with renewal includes a licensing for all relevant Microsoft products at no charge.Full services of Live@edu include: Email and calendar; Microsoft Office Web Apps (Word, Excel PowerPoint and OneNote), Blogs, File / document sharing, Photo publishing, Vide o conversation, Forums, Message boards and shared study areas.
For further information contact
Richard Lower on 8463 3443 or 0419 838 646