‘Appy’ ending for Virtual Training Suite
23 June 2011
The Virtual Training Suite (VTS) of 60 online subject-based tutorials to help students expand their internet research skills will continue to be developed after July 2011, thanks to an agreement between the University of Bristol and the software house TutorPro.
TutorPro Ltd will not only retain the existing content but will also significantly enhance and develop the Virtual Training Suite with new material and new media, specifically to make the tutorials available through mobile and tablet applications.
The current set of tutorials will still be available for download as standalone units from the VTS website at and via the JORUM repository. The tutorials will be made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence, which makes the content free at the point of use to the UK teaching, learning and research communities.
TutorPro will host the new site for these tutorials and work with content providers to keep the content up to date while moving the whole project forward into the world of smartphones, tablets and mobile devices. Work is already well under way on the transition and can be viewed through desktop/laptops browsers.
Please contact TutorPro on +44 (0)1823 661669 and ask for VTS or email firstname.lastname@example.org with VTS in the subject line with any questions, comments or input.
Debra Hiom, Virtual Training Suite Director at the University’s Institute for Learning and Research Technology, said: ‘Internet research skills are an essential part of ensuring that UK further and higher education students are digitally literate in their academic work and are able to take those literacy skills into the workplace. We are delighted that the education community will continue to benefit from the valuable advice and guidance within the Virtual Training Suite through TutorPro’s development of the tutorials.’
Paul Turner, Managing Director of TutorPro Ltd, added: ‘We are very excited about being able to continue with the excellent Virtual Training Suite product. Being able to develop the whole platform for delivery across smart phones, tablets and mobile devices in general will ensure that the product continues to provide real value to students.’