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Warwick Business School launches wbsLive

This term welcomes the launch of wbsLive at Warwick Business School, a desktop video conferencing facility, available to all WBS staff, students and alumni. wbsLive is a virtual classroom environment which offers audio, video, application sharing and content display to anyone with a computer and an internet connection.

wbsLive is now part of the facilities of the School's online virtual learning environment to make it easily accessible and manageable for users, in particular, students enrolled on distance learning courses.

Ray Irving, head of the Learning Resources Development team, said, "WBS has a rich and deep tradition in exploiting technologies to deliver distance-based education, as evidenced by our Distance Learning MBA ranking of third in the world. wbsLive offers us tremendous opportunities to reduce the feeling of remoteness that distance learning can bring, and also enables us to reach out to new audiences."

After thorough testing during 2008 by the Learning Resources Development team and some willing tutors, wbsLive is now being deployed within the MBA programme, Specialist Masters courses, alumni projects and career development programmes for current students and alumni.

The system will allow WBS academics to deliver lectures and tutorials to an audience of students located around the world as well as give guest speakers the opportunity to speak to WBS students and alumni without incurring the expenses of travel and time to visit the campus.

wbsLive also facilitates online collaboration between students who can work together on assessed coursework, study support and other documents as well as providing MBA selectors with the ability to interview candidates without requiring them to travel to campus.
  • Read MBA Marketing & Recruitment Manager Rachel Killian's comments on wbsLive in the Financial Times here