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Elearning: Thammasat pioneers new approach

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Move towards e-campus with e-learning, e-research & even e-society where students bring own device: mobile phone, tablet, notebook... 

Thammasat students are able to take additional courses with video streaming content on their personal devices.


Pioneering e-learning

Thammasat will be the first educational institution in Thailand to have video streaming content on iTune University


Sasiwimon Boonruang

The trend of consumerisation of IT has not only flourished in workplaces, but the concept of "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) is now on the rise in universities as well.

Just a few years ago, universities had to work with computer notebook vendors to offer devices to their students and other involved parties. Students, vendors and universities had to stick to a certain price, specification and brand. But today, users have more freedom. They can opt for a device that most suits their needs - smartphone, tablet or phablet.

Thammasat University (TU) has become one of the foremost academic institutions in Thailand to adopt the BYOD approach to education.

TU students bring their own devices and use them to share files and data inside and outside the campus, and are able to take additional courses of video streaming content.

The university has upgraded its IT infrastructure with a Cisco 10GB Ethernet backbone with Unified Access solutions to provide increased bandwidth that will support new teaching applications and manage additional workloads.

These technology upgrades provide 36,000 students and 6,700 staff across 26 faculties with a highly secure, scalable wireless network utilising approximately 300 access points at the Tha Pra Chan campus and approximately 800 access points at the Rangsit campus. Internet speeds have increased from 54MB per second to a maximum capacity of 1.3GB per second.

"Students are the ones who drive the university to modernise its IT ecosystem," said Asst Prof Prodpran Siritheerasas, TU's director of the Information Processing Institute for Education and Development.

And it's not just the IT infrastructure, the university has also revolutionised its IT for administration, e-learning and e-society.

Since e-learning and e-research help students to learn online, the university is also developing a mobile application to help them manage their timetables and calendars.

However, the concept of e-campus does not mean that traditional learning will be replaced.

"We would like e-learning as an additional class to the conventional and TU does not offer any certifications of online learning," said Prodpran.

As part of e-society, TU has provided courseware and video content on multiple platforms through different online channels: TU Tube and iTune University. The university has made a deal with Apple Thailand and will be the first university in the Kingdom to have video streaming content on iTune University.

Since TU is known for its law curriculum, a couple of law books for the public are also being offered at the iTune App Store, and it will be transferred to iTune University soon. The university will open its content to the public on True Book as well.

Asst Prof Prodpran noted that video streaming enables students to better understand the course as they can watch and learn anytime....

TU was allocated 75 million baht for IT infrastructure development this year, covering the IPV6 upgrade and Wi-Fi access points. Today there are 1,100 access points at Tha Phra Chan and Rangsit campuses. The university' s vision to become an e-campus will be achieved over two phases: the first provides a complete wireless network at Tha Phra Chan and Rangsit campuses this year, and the second at their Lampang and Pattaya campuses by 2014.

Vatsun Thirapatarapong, managing director for Cisco Thailand and Indochina, pointed out that Unified Access, which is helping TU with its IT development, is the business foundation for enabling the ''Internet of Everything'' - intelligently connecting people, data, processes and things with greater simplicity, intelligence, scale, efficiency, open interfaces and security.


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academic: relating to education - เชิงวิชาการ

access: the ability to enter a building or place - การเข้าสู่

access point: a place where there is a Wifi signal so you can connect to the internet with your computer, tablet or mobile phone -

additional: more; more than was first mentioned or is usual - ที่เพิ่มขึ้น

administration: the process or act of organising the way that something is done - การบริหาร

adopt: to accept or to start using something new - นำมาใช้

allocate: to officially give out an amount of or share of something - แบ่งส่วน

application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์

approximately: used to show that something is almost, but not completely, accurate or correct - โดยประมาณ

backbone: the main part of something that makes it successful and strong - แกนนำ, กระดูกสันหลัง, เสาหลัก, ที่พึ่ง, เครื่องยึดเหนี่ยว, หลัก, ที่ปรึกษา

bandwidth: the amount of information that can be sent during a period of time over a network or the internet; the capacity of a communications channel - ความกว้างแถบความถี่, แบนด์วิชท์

brand: a type of product made by a particular company - ตรา, ยี่ห้อ

Bring Your Own (BYO): originally meaning, in restaurants bring your own wine to eat your dinner with -

calendar: a printed table showing all the days, weeks and months of the year - ปฏิทิน

campus: the buildings of a university or college and the land around them - พื้นที่ที่เป็นที่ตั้งของมหาวิทยาลัย

capacity: the total amount or number that can be handled or contained - ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้

certification: an official document stating that someone has passed an examination or has achieved the qualifications necessary to do something - เอกสารการรับรอง

concept: a principle or idea - ความคิด

connect: to join together two or more things - เชื่อมต่อ

consumer: someone who buys and uses goods and services - ผู้บริโภค

content: the subject, ideas, or story that a piece of writing, radio or television programme, etc., deals with - เนื้อหา,สาระ

conventional: usual or normal - ธรรมดา

courseware: elearning software; soft"ware" used to teache courses over the internet -

curriculum: the group of subjects studied in a school, college, etc - หลักสูตร

data: facts or information used for making calculations or decisions - ข้อมูล

development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา

device: a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร

drive: cause -

ecosystem: all the plants and animals in a particular area, considered as a system with parts that depend on one another - ระบบที่เกิดจากความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างสิ่งมีชีวิตและสิ่งแวดล้อม

efficiency: the ability to work well and produce good results by using the available time, money, supplies etc in the most effective way - ความมีประสิทธิภาพ

enable: to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible - ทำให้เป็นไปได้

faculty: a group of departments in a college or university which specialise in a particular subject or group of subjects - คณะ

flourish: to grow or develop successfully - เจริญรุ่งเรือง, เจริญเติบโต

foremost: most important or most well known - สำคัญที่สุด

foundation: supporting structure - รากฐาน

freedom: the state of not being a prisoner - อิสรภาพ, เสรีภาพ

infrastructure: a set of systems within a place or organisation that affect how well it operates, e.g., the telephone and transport systems in a country or the system of train tracks that a railway uses - สาธารณูปโภค

intelligence: the ability to understand and think about things, and to gain and use knowledge - สติปัญญา, ความเฉลียวฉลาด,ไหวพริบ

interface: the way a computer program, mobile device, etc. presents information to a user or receives information from a user, in particular the layout of the screen and the menus - อินเตอร์เฟส, การติดต่อประสานระหว่างเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์กับผู้ใช้ เช่น แป้นพิมพ์, จอภาพ ต่างก็เป็นตัวประสานกับผู้ใช้ทั้งสิ้น

involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง

manage: to succeed in doing something - สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ

maximum: the most possible - ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด

mobile: able to move or be moved around - ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

mobile (technology): of devices, especially telecommunication devices, that can easily be moved around, e.g., mobile phones, tablets, notebook computers - อุปกรณ์ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

modernise: to make a system, methods, etc. more modern and more suitable for use at the present time - ทำให้ทันสมัย

network: a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

open: available to everyone (the public) to use - ที่เปิดเผยสู่สาธารณะ

opt: to make a choice or a decision from a range of possibilities - เลือก

party: one of the people or groups of people involved in a situation, an official argument or arrangement - คู่กรณี

personal: your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else - เป็นส่วนตัว

phase: a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ

platform: a type of media or way of distributing information , e.g., newspapers, magazines, video, etc. -

platform: the type of computer system or the software that is used -

point out: to mention something in order to give somebody information about it or make them notice it - ชี้ให้เห็น, บ่งชี, ชี้, ระบุ

process: a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ

replace: to get rid of someone or something and to put a new person or thing in their place - หาคนมาแทน

research: a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - การวิจัย

revolutionise: to completely change something so that it is much better - ทำให้เกิดการเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างสิ้นเชิง

scalable: a system that can be make bigger (higher capacity) in the future if needed -

scale: the size or extent of something, especially when compared with something else - ขนาด, ระดับ

secure: safe from attack or harm - ปลอดภัย

share: to have or use something at the same time as someone else - ใช้ร่วมกัน

simplicity: the quality of being natural and plain; the quality of being easy to understand or use - ความเรียบง่าย, ความถ่อมตัว, ความง่าย

specifications: a detailed description of how something is, or should be, designed or made - ข้อมูลจำเพาะ (มักปรากฏท้ายคู่มือผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เครื่องใช้ไฟฟ้า)

staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน

stick to: to continue with something or continue doing/using something - ใช้ต่อไป, ทำต่อไป

stream: to play video or sound on a computer by receiving it as a continuous stream, from the Internet for example, rather than needing to wait until the whole of the material has been downloaded -

suit: to be right or good for somebody/something - เหมาะกับ

tablet computer: a small light-weight computer device shaped like a book; e.g, iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc. -

timetable: a plan of when you expect or hope particular events to happen - ตารางเวลา

traditional: of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา

transferred: changed someone’s job or responsibilities - โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง

trend: a gradual change or development that produces a particular result   - ทิศทาง แนวโน้ม

unified: joined together to form a single unit - มีเอกภาพ, ซึ่งรวมเป็นหนึ่งเดียว,, ซึ่งทำให้เป็นหน่วยเดียวกัน

university: a school where students study for BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees and where research is done - มหาวิทยาลัย

upgrade: to make a project, a piece of machinery, computer system, etc. more powerful and efficient - ยกระดับ

utilise: to use something, especially for a practical purpose - ทำให้เป็นประโยชน์

vendor: someone who sells something, but often not in a shop - พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย

vision: the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way - วิสัยทัศน์

wireless: a system of sending and receiving signals - ไร้สาย

workload: the amount of work that has to be done by a particular person or organisation - ปริมาณงานที่คนหรือเครื่องจักรทำได้ระยะเวลาหนึ่ง

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