e-learning opportunities for Irish educational institutions


Tom Felle - UL

Academics should no longer be limited by the size of the classroom when delivering lecturers. Broadband infrastructure improvements and e-learning software advances mean that it is now possible to deliver lectures to a much wider audience. But while the hardware and software now exist, academic institutions have in the main been slow to move toward new modes of delivery. Just as newspapers have been slow to react to changes in readership habits from print to online, Irish academics – in the main – are reluctant to move away from “chalk and blackboard” approach to education. Academics need to do more to introduce new styles of teaching which put e-learning front and centre. Irish third level institutions should strive to become global leaders in the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes online to a potential global audience of millions.