Launching the ‘innovative and transformative’ iHub

Robot, Nao celebrating the iHub launch

AN iHUB has opened at Harlow College which is set to transform the library’s facilitates.

Helping to launch the new initative is Dave Monk E-learning Development Co-ordinator. He has been engaged with supporting staff and students’ training, as well as being involved in advanced projects and helping with the reveal of the new iHub.

‘Being at this college for 34 years, I am quite likely the longest staff member here. My job role is supporting staff and students, helping with training activities, getting involved in projects and running the iHub area.’ Dave said.

He added: ‘Yesterday was the official launch of opening the iHub. It used to be the library, but over the summer we changed it. It’s no longer just going to be about books, it’s going to be a place of digital technology.’

Dave Monk at work in the iHub

‘Having the Apple Distinguished Status, it recognises the college as being innovative and transformative. We are preparing students for the future, specifically with iPads, so they can work in a creative and productive way.’ Dave said.

He added: ‘There are different sections of the iHub specifically created for education topics; there are computers, there is a book section, we have virtual realities, a tutorial area and a conference area.

‘We have interactive tables, where we tend to have four students on computer points and they collaborate together, building and providing softwares to scenarios.’ Dave said.

He added: ‘The plans for the iHub in the future, is developing IT, getting the green screen up and running. We are just going to respond to new digital technology, you never know- we could end up with another robot!’

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