A learning centre, no matter if fixed or intended to support part time use via laptops or tablets will require sufficient bandwidth to the centre to support multiple uses. The current standard for the John Wheatley Learning Network is the use of BT Infinity with XXXXXXX bandwidth, although some learning centres remain connected through wireless point to point connections to the Glasgow Kelvin College network at about 8gbs.
Learning centres require adequate PCs to support a range of uses and purposes.
They should be able to support access to equipment and skills support required for digital participation in civic and economic life.
- PCs able to run a wide range of software for various purposes.
The learning network supports:
- Internet access
- Streaming media;
- Office software; and
- Creative software.
The current specification of PC for the learning network is:
- Intel Core i5-6500 3.2G 6M 2133 4C CPU
- 8gb RAM
- 500gb hard disk
- 23" monitor
The emphasis is less on hard disk storage capacity because of the advent of network storage and cloud storage.
The tension which there was a few years ago between screen resolution (lesser resolution and larger icons was found to be better for older people) and the need to display menus and icons in the non-editing part of the screen has been resolved by larger screen which enable both.