SYDNEY, Australia – 4th July 2018: Western Sydney University recently announced the opening of its new, high-rise campus located in Liverpool. The new campus will educate over 2,500 students a year and has been designed with the latest innovative technology to enhance student learning experiences. One of the key features in the new campus is the integration of Zoom Video Communications, allowing for improved learning, collaboration and flexibility for university staff and students.
When building the new Liverpool City campus, Western Sydney University installed Zoom capabilities in nearly all rooms, including 16 collaborative workspaces and meeting rooms and a 150 person conference centre. Zoom Rooms allow for remote and in-person attendees to meet with video and audio, and share content wirelessly. The campus Zoom Rooms allow students to connect with academics or industry experts outside of the classroom, make it easier for students who live in rural locations to take part in teaching and seminars, and will even make it possible to offer the same class across all Western Sydney University campuses.
The Zoom technology is also being integrated into the nursing program at the Liverpool City campus. Western Sydney University has simulation hospital wards where students can work together interactively. Through Zoom, remote students can see and hear everything almost as clearly as if in the room itself.
“Zoom has enhanced the opportunities for delivering higher education in a fashion that breaks down geographic barriers. Through Zoom, staff can now connect and collaborate with students anywhere on campus, across Sydney and around the world. For professional staff, it also facilitates collaboration and reduces the time spent travelling between locations for discussions,” said Kerry Holling, Chief Information and Digital Officer at Western Sydney University.
Michael Chetner, Head of Australia and New Zealand at Zoom said, “We are finding that with people using Zoom, over 90 per cent of users said there was greater engagement with video, leading to better understanding through nonverbal communication. When it comes to education through distance learning, high levels of communication and engagement are crucial for students. Zoom can be the change maker in being able to provide a high level, university education to students living in rural Australia, who would never have had a chance to come to a university campus and learn through the traditional channels. It’s an amazing educational opportunity.”
Western Sydney University Project Manager, Geoff Lambert observed that usage had now exceeded more than a million meeting minutes per month after initially deploying Zoom in 2015. The university has over 12,000 registered users, ranging from professors to administration and students. Western Sydney University worked with AARNet, who acts as a reseller in the Australian education space. Many other Universities also leverage the use of Zoom software.
Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Founded in 2011, Zoom helps businesses and organisations bring their teams together in a frictionless environment to get more done. Zoom Rooms, the leading software-based conference room solution, features video and audio conferencing, wireless content sharing, and integrated calendaring running on off-the-shelf hardware. Zoom Rooms suit any meeting or collaboration space, from small huddle rooms to world-class training centres. Zoom recently released two extension products: scheduling display, which allows users to view and schedule meetings on-the-fly from tablets deployed outside of meeting spaces, and digital signage, which enables companies to display visual content and live broadcast meetings throughout their workplaces. Zoom is a private company headquartered in San Jose, CA. Visit zoom.us and follow @zoom_us.
About Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University is a vibrant, young university that offers unlimited potential for students with the talent, drive and ambition to succeed. Western Sydney has large multicultural population of more than two million people from 170 nations. The region is Australia's third largest economy and one of its fastest growing population and employment centres. Being based in this culturally-diverse, dynamic hub of innovation, Western Sydney University students are in a unique position to make important industry and business connections. With regional and CBD locations throughout Western Sydney – from our new high-rise and hi-tech campuses in Sydney, Parramatta, Liverpool and Sydney Olympic Park, to our sprawling campus locations in Bankstown, Penrith, Campbelltown and Hawkesbury – whenever you choose to live or study, we have a campus that is close to home and suits your lifestyle. When you choose to study with Western Sydney University, you join a network of over 45,000 students and more than 170,000 graduates. We are ranked amongst the top two per cent of universities in the world. We are globally focused, research-led and committed to making a positive impact on the communities we engage with. We value academic excellence, integrity and the pursuit of knowledge.
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