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Algoma U joins ORION and connects to global grid of research networks

Algoma University College is plugging into the global grid of advanced research networks by joining ORION, Ontario...


October 23, 2007  


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Algoma University College is plugging into the global grid of advanced research networks by joining ORION, Ontarios high-speed fiber-optic network dedicated to support research and education in the province.

Algoma now joins the list of Ontario postsecondary institutions offering distance learning capabilities and increased access to global collaboration opportunities.

(We) will use ORION to expand its distance learning delivery both regionally with the Contact North/Contact Nord program, and around the world, as with our new collaborative MSc Computer Games Technology program with the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland, said Danny Reid, Algoma s divisional director of Information Technology services.

The new connection allows students in Sault Ste. Marie to participate remotely in classes from Scotland over a high-end videoconferencing system. The University of Abertay Dundees computer arts division is internationally renowned and was the first in the world to offer a Master of Science degree in computer games technology.

Algoma is now the first Canadian university to offer this program to North American students.

ORION has also enabled us, through its VLAN service, to increase our Internet bandwidth tenfold for students and faculty, said Reid.