The changing face of the language lab

The Centre for Excellence in Multimedia Language Learning at The University of Ulster has set the benchmark for being a pioneer and innovator in the use of language learning technology.

Established some four years ago, the Centre initially used proprietary hardware based ‘language lab’ platforms which they had trialled over a number of years. These platforms allowed students within a classroom moderated by a teacher to interact, collaborate and learn using digital media.

Increasingly though the original hardware systems are becoming less reliable in their performance and require increasing levels of maintenance.

“Two years ago we realised that the Centre needed a more flexible, reliable and future-proofed solution compared to the hardware-based technology we were using. We therefore did an extensive research to find an appropriate software-based language lab solution that would take access and deployment of resources to a much wider level and meet our practical needs more fully. We chose SONY Virtuoso because it fulfilled the key criterion of being a reliable and sustainable software-only programme. Our most recent lab is entirely operated by SONY Virtuoso and we are currently in the process of phasing out the use of the hardware-based system and migrating to SONY.

Professor J. Gillespie, University of Ulster

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