Posted on Thu 26 Apr 2012
Minister praises the work of JISC RSC Northern Ireland
Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for the Department for Employment and Learning for Northern Ireland, praised the work of the RSC in supporting and encouraging the use of technology in FE and HE.
The minister, speaking at the RSC’s Innovation in e-Learning Awards event on Wednesday, also applauded the RSC’s initiative in creating new awards to stimulate innovation in teaching and learning, technical infrastructure and learning support.
Winners of these first awards were from FE colleges, HE and the training sector and the minister praised the support given to the use of technology in Northern Ireland’s tertiary education sectors. He drew attention to the use of e-learning in “the new foundation degree in retail studies, which had engaged businesses, further and higher education in its development and has been popular with those in work and their employers because students are able to work in ways that suits their circumstances.”
The minister emphasised the value and impact of work to develop the use of technology to promote personal and economic development to meet the needs of Northern Ireland’s communities and employers.
Dr Farry was “delighted” to see the launch of the new award “Innovation in e-Learning” at the awards ceremony and commended the RSC for providing the specialist support and technology management for the award.
Kate Guy, Manager of RSC Northern Ireland said: “Seeing the work of the winners presented here today demonstrates conclusively that Northern Ireland provides a strongly supportive climate for e-learning that encompasses work to meet the needs of all students in any circumstance. The winners’ work shows achievement now, but points to further exciting developments in the future. The presence of the minister demonstrates the support that exists for innovation here.”
Find out more about JISC RSC Northern Ireland.