Welsh education minister calls for online learning to play greater role in university

A leading Welsh politician has called for e-learning to have a bigger influence in the higher education sector of the country.

In a speech to the Institute of Welsh Politics, education minister Leighton Andrews said he was impressed when touring the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (Ibers) at Aberystwyth University, because the facility is making use of modern innovations to support education.

Ibers involves around 300 members of staff in teaching, support and research, who are examining many scientific issues, including bio-energy, the impact of climate change and the functions of genes.

Some of the clever uses of technology remarked on by the politician include the recording of lectures and the utilisation of flexible academic spaces.

However, Mr Andres said he was disappointed that only the Open University and the University of Glamorgan “appeared to be taking online learning seriously”.

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