Education Minister says Ireland ‘caught behind the curve of the digital revolution’

By: November 28, 2013
Ruairi Quinn says we must question how successful Ireland’s investments in digital education over the past 10 years have been Ruairi Quinn says we must question how successful Ireland’s investments in digital education over the past 10 years have been

The National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University was officially opened today.

The new institute will begin developing online, distance and blended learning, using a range of digital technologies to allow students to study when they are on or off campus.

Launching the new institute today at DCU, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said Ireland was once again behind the rest of the world when it came to digital learning, but the NIDL was a step towards improving digital and distance learning for students.

“In truth, from primary school to third-level, Ireland has been caught behind the curve of the digital revolution which is transforming society. Over the last 10 years, significant resources have been invested in trying to change this reality, but we must question how successful those efforts have been. I hope that the creation of the National Institute of Digital Learning in DCU will begin to change this landscape,” said Minister Quinn.