1. ITV Report

State-of-the-art digital classroom launched in Dumfries and Galloway

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An £80,000 state-of-the-art digital classroom has officially opened at the Barony Campus of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).

The room has tech-friendly tables, an HD camera and a touchscreen table and is thought to be the first of its type in Dumfries and Galloway.

The project is part of SRUC’s aim to reach university status as part of a £35m investment in facilities in the South and West of Scotland.

The project was led by demand from students who wanted to use more technology in their studies.

In the future, the course content could be adapted for distance learning as well as giving students in different campuses the opportunity to take part in a lesson together and interact as if they were in the same room.

The college is now looking to create similar digital technology projects at campuses in Edinburgh, Fife, West Lothian and Aberdeen.

Collaboration through technology is second nature to students at home and while studying. We need to constantly evolve to support their potential and create a world-class teaching environment. The digital classroom isn’t just about today, it also reflects the working practices of tomorrow. Seeing how SRUC staff and students have created our first digital classroom has been brilliant and offers a real glimpse into the future.”

– Alistair Marshall, SRUC Board Vice Chair