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Spreading the word

Published Wednesday, 8th May 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Spreading the word
(L-R) Teagasc Walsh Fellow PhD student Sinead Flannery, CAFRE Equine Technologist Rachel Annan and SRUC e-Learning Developer Ali Hastie

The range of innovative teaching methods used by Scotland’s Rural College has been shared at an Irish education conference.

SRUC’s e-Learning Developer Ali Hastie was invited by Teagasc – Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority – to give a keynote speech at their National Education Conference.

The main theme of the event, which was open to staff from colleges all over Ireland, was on engaging the learner.

Ali highlighted the college’s award-winning blended learning projects – where students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching, including the use of a digital classroom at SRUC’s Barony Campus near Dumfries.

He said: “It was a privilege to be invited over to Ballyhaise Agriculture College to share best practice and showcase the benefits in using blended learning with land-based staff and students.”

Ali said staff from Northern Ireland’s College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) have expressed an interest in visiting SRUC to find out more about its use of digital technology to enhance learning and teaching.

“I believe that the relationships between Teagasc, CAFRE and SRUC can flourish even further through networking and sharing best practice using digital learning and teaching technologies, leading to potential future collaborations,” he said.

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