Another land of Scholars

23rd July 2004 at 01:00
The online Scholar programme, developed by Heriot-Watt University, is being adopted in Northern Ireland, following a successful pilot with the Northern Ireland eLearning Partnership.

The e-learning courses for Standard and Higher grades, A2 and AS levels, were launched recently in India through 10 schools in Delhi, and are to be made available in five colleges in mainland China from September.

Originally developed for science and maths, the Scholar programme, delivered by the Interactive University, now has 60,000 users in Scottish schools with a 100 per cent take-up by Scottish education authorities. It is also widely used in England.

A Northern Ireland pilot offered four schools the chance to sample the computing, physics and chemistry courses. Positive feedback has led to the launch of the initiative throughout the province.

Richard Wallace, eLearning associate at the partnership, said: "All four schools and 14 teachers involved have commented on how positive the programme is and how amazingly well the students have responded."

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