A growing number of universities are planning to install remote access services for students.
Universal remote access is a system that provides internet access to students and staff, allowing them to surf the web, download apps and watch video without needing a separate phone.
University of Pennsylvania President Dr Andrew Solomon said he had decided to open up his school’s internet access system to universal remote accessing.
“We have a number of different remote access providers that are very popular with universities in Pennsylvania, and I thought that if we can get them to adopt this service, it would be a good thing for us to be able to have that access,” he said.
It is an issue that has faced universities across Australia.
A study by Australian universities found students were less likely to go to university via a phone, internet or TV connection, and less likely than those from other parts of the country to use a smartphone.
Students at Melbourne’s University of Melbourne are also using a phone to access the internet and watch videos, but the University of Sydney’s online courses can be accessed from home.
The university says universal remote accessibility will allow students to access courses online and be able access the school’s website and app.
Mr Solomon said students could use their smartphone to log into the university’s online portal.
For example, students who had a mobile phone would be able open the university website, select courses and view the content of their chosen course, he said, adding that this would also allow students who have a laptop or desktop computer to view courses on the school computer.
He said the service would allow students in remote areas to access classes online and watch the videos they need.
Online courses are currently limited to students with internet connections at home, and in some cases students cannot access online courses.
With the launch of universal remote, students will be able connect to a university’s system from home and access all of its courses, including online, on demand.
Dr Solomon said universal remote was a new service that was available to all universities across the state of Washington.
But he said students who are in remote locations would have to pay extra to access this option.
At the moment, universal remote is available at the University the University, the University at Albany and the University Health Sciences Centre at the Perth Institute of Technology, which is in Western Australia.
It is also available at several universities in Queensland, and has already been adopted at the Sydney University.
Professor Peter Tompkins, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the Royal College of Art, said universal access would allow him to continue working from home, where he can work on projects while at the same time making a living.
When he started working at the university, he would work from home from 7am to 8pm, but that was no longer possible, he added.
“I could only work on one project at a time.
Now I can work at home and make a living.”
Mr Tompkin said universal online remote access would enable him to make a lot more money.
One of his favourite courses is the Art of Painting class, which teaches students how to paint a range of abstract, minimalist works.
His courses have taught him how to use digital photography, digital painting, video and a range the computer science departments at Perth Institute and University Health.
“When you go to work in a day, you will have to do all of that on a computer, so I am getting better at all those things,” he told ABC Radio Perth.
I do enjoy my freedom, he told the ABC.
There are a lot of people out there who are working from their home and not necessarily going to university because of the cost of doing so, he continued.
Now that universal remote has been introduced in Perth, Mr Tompins said the university would be looking to increase its student numbers.
“It would be great to have as many students as possible working from university in Perth because that would make a big difference,” he added, saying universal remote would allow for more students to attend Perth Institute.