In 2010, GMIT continued to work on the development of RLRs for Forensic Computing education; a project which commenced in late 2009. It is envisaged that a number of case study scenarios, complete with hard drive (digital image) will be ready by the end of the year for distribution.
The use of virtual computer technology (a “soft” computer as a portable digital learning resource) to enhance computer science learning was extended to the Software Engineering and Advanced Databases modules of the taught M.Sc. in Computing.
The institute invested in, and commenced with the development of a private ‘cloud’ for teaching and learning in computing-centric disciplines. Cloud computing technologies shift the focus from 'technology as a product (or products)', along with the physical / location restrictions and dependencies that implies, to 'technology (platform and software) as a service'. This initiative will in time 'untether' students from location dependencies for high spec computer labs. Under this initiative, the high spec labs are 'virtualised' thus allowing them to be accessed remotely from a variety of digital devices including PCs, Laptops, PDAs and smartphones.