26/04/2012

Farry launches E-Learning Innovation Awards

Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, has launched the inaugural e-learning innovation awards at Queen’s University.

The aim of the awards, organised by the Regional Support Centre Northern Ireland (RSCni) are to promote e-learning by rewarding individuals and teams throughout Northern Ireland who are spearheading the development and effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

The Minister said: "These awards acknowledge those who are leading the way in developing, and effectively using, technology to enhance teaching and learning in our further and higher education and training sectors. The use of technologies to deliver and promote learning in the education sector is an area of immense and rapid growth and change.

"Business and industry look to the tertiary sector as a key provider in terms of their personnel and company development. Technology must be exploited to the full to enrich the learning experience to the benefit of individual students and the economy."

Acknowledging the launch of the new Technology in Learning Delivery (TLD) qualification, Minister Farry continued: "The implementation of this new qualification, and the new and innovative work in technology, will complement and support the wider strategy for education and training in Northern Ireland, which sees colleges and training organisations as being key deliverers of skills at all levels, to meet the needs of employers, individual learners and the communities in which they live and work."

The awards are organised by the Regional Support Centre Northern Ireland (RSCni.)

(CD/GK)

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