We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Now we can all go to Oxford

But no virtual hot crumpet

From next year students will be able to log onto a virtual university to supplement or even replace their conventional learning, but only if they have fat pipes to their homes.

The initative comes courtesy of Boxmind, a company founded by Oxford graduates that has attracted a number of top Oxford dons and is seeking to be an application service provider (ASP) for academia.

Boxmind will offer courses and resources to both the public and the universities.

But the service will not be for everyone. Richard Halkett, CEO of Boxmind admits that the media-intensive lectures will require an broadband internet connection.

With virtually all higher education centres connected to a high speed connection though this shouldn’t be a problem, but it might for those still waiting for home broadband to become a reality.

Halkett sees the system filling in the gaps in specialist teaching areas, such as hiring in a top biologist, but it could also be used to teach whole courses.

He said Boxmind is close to signing a number of major deals with universities.

Among the academics signed up for the virtual lectures are Richard Dawkins, author of The Seflish Gene, and Susan Greenfield, presenter of the BBC’s recent TV series Brain Story.

IDG UK Sites

Microsoft smartwatch release date, price and specs rumours: Launching within a few weeks

IDG UK Sites

Why you shouldn't buy the iPad mini 3: No wonder Apple gave it 10 seconds of stage time

IDG UK Sites

Halloween Photoshop tutorials: 13 masterclasses for horrifying art, designs and type

IDG UK Sites

Should I upgrade from Mavericks to OS X 10.10 Yosemite? What you need to know before updating to...