The teaching staffs are also to be linked to the system via a wireless network. However in order to facilitate efficient learning, the system is to be linked via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) through an internet link. This therefore demands that there exists an internet connection infrastructure which comprises of the necessary routers, switches, cables and an Internet Service Provider with a very high uptime. What results can be illustrated as follows:
Fig 2: A typical remote access session to the virtual network (Source: Kneale & Box, 2003).
The Virtual learning Environment is running on a minimal of 50 computers (40 desktops and 10 laptops). The remote display software allows for the interaction of both the student and the teaching staff with the system. This interaction can be from anywhere so long as there is an internet connection. The system is designed with an open architecture in order to allow for the addition of more virtual servers. This leads to multiple networks. Each of the multiple networks represents separate networks. There also exists a network firewall to prevent the educational system from both internal and external network attacks. The network must be configured to allow for various forms of connections such as Remote Desktop Display (RDD) access.
Below are the user policies that are meant to guide the users of the virtual learning environment
Avington College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE )Data Protection Statement
Avington Colleges Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is designed and is based on free open source software packages which are designed with a sound utilization of the laid down pedagogical principles. This is in order to educate the students if Avington College and to assist their educators in the creation of effective online communities. The operating systems on the whole system within the institution are distributed under the GNU General Public License.
The Virtual Learning Environment provides a wide spectrum of functionalities which aid in the delivery, administration, support and the creation and functionalities and activities that aid in the enhancement of participation in the learning activities of the students. The system allows for a seamless delivery of content and collaboration between the educators and the learners.
Some of the features of the Virtual learning Environment are:
Creation and upload of content;
Discussion on forums with chat rooms;
Tools for Instant Messaging (IM)
Presentation and submission of Assignments;
Purpose of the Policy
The purpose of the Avington College VLE Policy is to specify the user responsibilities and to promote the appropriate use VLE resource with the intention of protecting all members of the College community. The VLE Policy applies both within and out with college premises.
All users must register to use the College VLE.
All registered users must abide by the College VLE Policy and any other applicable College policies
On registration, all users must give their consent to Robert Avington College on the processing of their personal data via the Avington College VLE and to acknowledge the Colleges Data Protection Statement.
Kindly note that the Robert Avington College reserves the right to remove and amend any of the content which appears on the Avington College VLE at any time and without any form of prior notice.
Also note that the Avington College VLE may contain links to other websites which are outside the Colleges control and that the College is not responsible for any the content or accessibility of the sites.
The life of equipment and training
All the equipment in the system must be properly taken care of by both the stdents, the staff in order for them to attain their intended lifespan over 8 years. Proper training must therefore be.