Videoconferencing at the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA)

Tags: Scotland | learning | case study | higher education institution | Operational | Learning and Teaching | video | Travel and Transport | Sustainable ICT | Teaching Research

Founded in 2005, the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), comprising Edinburgh, Glasgow, Herriot-Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde, and West of Scotland Universities, is mainly a collaboration among staff in teaching of postgraduates and research. Much of its teaching (90%) involves innovative use of videoconferencing. This has enabled the partner universities to pool teaching resources, enhance learning, and save significant time and travel costs. For example, video conferencing has made possible some courses and has increased the range of courses on offer to students. It has also generated opportunities for interaction both with other students, and with staff experts, in other universities.