The camera remembers: Laptop computers 25 years ago

Understanding technology in the south-west 25 years ago, involved the use of specially designed laptop computers. 

History: A TAFE laptop computer system was put through its paces 25 years ago by executive director of Victoria College's associate professor Ian Dickson.

History: A TAFE laptop computer system was put through its paces 25 years ago by executive director of Victoria College's associate professor Ian Dickson.

Learning was rarely brought into the home before 22 students enrolled in a new course at South West College of TAFE in Warrnambool.

New subjects including computing, management and technical and communication skills were conducted via phone link-up.

The course changed “the traditionally rigid structure of higher education” with students being the first to use the portable computers.  

The main computer for the program was based in Melbourne and cost $2 million to develop.

Program coordinator Kay Pitts said the course catered “for a void in the education system for people who need both technical and managerial skills”.

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