This is a microcosm of experiences for practitioners

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This is a microcosm of experiences for practitioners looking to work with interstate colleagues or participate in national online real time events: of all the platforms available, invariably one jurisdiction or another could not access the platform, hence the work of the Framework, noted above. 4.3 Applications Projects As noted previously the Applications Projects’ implementation was hampered by financial and network constraints. However, Wodonga TAFE’s experience serves as evidence that the thesis to be tested by the POCN Project is sound. Wodonga TAFE in Victoria has been connected to AARNet as a full-service customer since April. They are very happy with the performance and reliability of the AARNet network services and the positive impact on high capacity connectivity and note the following outcomes: the connection has allowed a dramatic increase in productivity of our remote sites which are VPN connected due to improved speed and adjustments we have been able to make for how they connect, we have been able to build on our website (which is locally hosted) and incorporate new features and improvements to help our students access information. there has been an increase in the use of TAFE VC by our staff (previously our 2MB Link could not cope well with accessing this hosted service), we now have the ability to video conference from the desktop using Attend Anywhere online video conferencing software and Logitech webcams, and Proof of Concept Network Project Final ReportJanuary 2010 Page 29 of 55
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gained to ability to use the Elluminate service provided by the TAFE Development Centre and eWorks to use for webinars etc. 5 For Future Reference There have been many learnings from the Proof of Concept Network Project and they, along with some recommendations, are set out below. 5.1 Network Build Recommendation – overarching network design In the Project it has become clear that there are two models of network design and desired use that are coming in to conflict: the corporate and the educational; closed versus open. It is critical for educational outcomes that educational needs underpin the development of the VEN. Recommendation – model clauses It would be beneficial to develop a set of broad principle agreements around practice, policy and procedures so that these could be inserted into legal documentation to support national consistency in contractual arrangements for the VEN. Recommendation - future network capacity Network capacity should be at least three times the expected load. Trends in higher education and research network design, both in Australia and overseas are currently at 10 gigabits and have experienced exponential growth. Proof of Concept Network Project Final ReportJanuary 2010 Page 30 of 55
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Recommendation – infrastructure on site A holistic approach to upgrading network bandwidth and building the VEN is needed. It is not sufficient to upgrade single link to door step, in most
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