$1.2M for tech at Rye

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By Tim Cook

Ryerson has been given $1.2-million by the provincial government to develop new ways to interact with students using audio and video technology.

Jim Wilson, Ontario’s minister of energy, science and technology, announced at Ryerson Web. Feb. 16, the money is part of a $6-million investment into digital media projects across the province.
Ryerson will lead 17 partners, including TVOntario, Sheridan College, Intel and the CBC in developing a business model to demonstrate the advantages of interactive broadcasting.

The prototype will be created by the Interactive Broadcast Development Group, a Ryerson committee, with consultation from the engineering, computer science, radio and television arts and journalism departments. Plans are also in the works for a digital audio facility on campus.

Ryerson president Claude Lajeunesse was elated about the announcement.

“It’s fabulous, fabulous—$1.2-million—that’s fabulous,” Lajeunesse said. “I wish I had news like that every day.”

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