It was recently announced that the King’s Service Centre in Cornwall will host King’s College London’s newly founded ‘Technology Innovation Hub’.
The poet Betjeman, had, to the knowledge of the King’s Online Blog, no strong feelings regarding the building of immersive eLearning experiences and the adoption of cutting-edge gamification techniques. This, one must assume, is chiefly down to the fact that he passed away thirty-four years ago this past May.
That being said, both he and King’s Online are very much united in our shared belief that the celebrated county of Cornwall is a perfect place to spend some time. For indeed, it is within the excellent King’s Service Centre in Newquay that King’s have founded our brand-new ‘Technology Innovation Hub’.
Firstly, some background: The King’s Service Centre (KSC) was established a stone’s throw from Cornwall’s northern coast in May 2015, and has proved an invaluable resource to all of King’s College London, providing indispensable, 24/7 IT support to some 35,000 King’s College London students, academics, researchers & professional staff.
“Technology services are vital to King’s as we need a first-class Service Centre to support ongoing needs and ensure future success,” says Gareth Wright, the Managing Director of KSC and Director of King’s IT Services. “The work we do here enables King’s to maintain its position as a world-leading university, and supports its strategy for growth and King’s Vision 2029.”
What is more, as a “proud Cornishman”, Mr Wright is particularly pleased with the centre’s south-westerly location and the impact it has had on the local economy:
“Our centre in Cornwall offers the perfect package; a highly skilled local workforce, good connectivity and the benefits of Superfast Cornwall’s ongoing investment in fibre optic broadband. I’m thrilled to see the Service Centre bringing fantastic job opportunities to the county, as well as high quality vocational training through our apprenticeships.”
King’s Online are delighted to be able to contribute, in our own way, to the good work already done within the Cornish community by the KSC. In staffing the Technology Innovation Hub, we have the opportunity to recruit from the expanding tech community in the county (including graduates from game design courses at Falmouth University), furthering the excellent work the KSC has done recruiting locally; bringing highly skilled IT career opportunities to the area.
Speaking of highly skilled IT career opportunities, various roles within King’s Online’s Technology Innovation Hub are now being advertised. Please click on the following links for more information:
Additionally, by basing our new Technology Innovation Hub within the Centre, we have embedded the team within a technology-focused unit which serves the whole of King’s, taking advantage of the KSC’s fantastically innovative and forward-thinking culture.
But what will the King’s Online Technology Innovation Hub actually do, and why have we planned this investment? Chiefly, our new Cornwall-based team will be dedicated to producing game-based learning and other experimental technologies to support our online programmes, ensuring that King’s Online’s offerings remain at the very top of the eLearning field. More and more evidence suggests that game-based elements help learners remain engaged with their online courses, and this has been an area our unit has been particularly interested in exploring for some time now.
To begin with, one can expect the games we create to be web-based, single session and single-player, with predominately 2D graphics and various ‘branching scenarios+’ style gameplay. However, that is not to say that our gamification offerings will not expand in scope and complexity as time goes on. After all, with this new, dedicated team established, there really is no upper limit to our innovation potential!
We will keep further details of our plans and gamification ideas underneath our chapeau for now, but watch this space for developments and future game trailers – and if you’re interested in joining our new and expanding team down in Newquay, please click on the links above for more information on the exciting new roles!