What Next : What type of distance learning options are available?
Are there any other providers offering distance learning?
Atlantic University Alliance
The Atlantic University Alliance (AUA), is a consortium of three Universities on the Atlantic coast of Ireland - NUI, Galway, the University of Limerick and University College Cork. The AUA have eight programmes that are rolled out using a blended learning approach so the courses are very accessible. For further information visit: www.aua.ie or refer to the contacts section.
SOLAS e-learning at the library
The SOLAS e-learning at the library project is a partnership between the nationwide public library network, SOLAS, and An Chomhairle Leabharlanna. The programme is aimed at those who want to develop their skills in a supported workshop environment. Participants can select from a wide range of courses. A dedicated FÁS facilitator works with the learners in each of the libraries, ensuring that all participants, no matter what their prior learning, can get the most out of the programme. There are currently no entry requirements, no allowances paid and the programme is free to those participating. Once learners have signed up they can access the online courses from the library or from their own home. For a list of participating libraries visit: www.library.ie/fas-elearning. Please note that FÁS and the local VEC are being merged and will be replaced by the Local Education and Training Board. Existing services will continue to be available until the merge is complete under the newly formed further education and training authority SOLAS (Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanunaigh agus Scileanna).
SOLAS e-learning portal
This website provides a range of interactive online learning courses, available any time, for those who wish to learn at their own pace. The courses are aimed at employers, employees and unemployed people. Online courses are available free of charge to unemployed clients. Courses are also available, for a fee, to employed persons who wish to update their skills. Exam fees are not covered in the course prices.
The courses are delivered entirely over the Internet and participants have access to the courses for 6 months once they have registered with SOLAS e-learning. Unemployed clients can also avail of the blended learning courses, which provide additional online tutor support and tutor led workshops. Many of the courses are certified by relevant bodies but clients are urged to check regularly for certification updates.
For further information visit www.ecollege.ie or refer to the contacts section. Please note that FÁS and the local VEC have been merged and replaced by the Local Education and Training Board. Existing services will continue to be available until the merge is complete under the newly formed further education and training authority SOLAS (Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanunaigh agus Scileanna).
NALA – National Adult Literacy Agency
NALA provides a number of distance education supports so that learners have the opportunity to brush up on their reading, writing or numeracy skills in the privacy of their own home. This involves telephone tutor support and using an interactive learning website www.writeon.ie. It offers FETAC Level 2 and Level 3 learning content and accreditation in a wide range of subjects. Just log on to www.writeon.ie to get started or call 1800 20 20 65 for more information.
Open Learning Centres
Open learning centres are designed to meet a student’s individual needs in terms of times, location, pace of learning and entry requirements. Delivery may involve a variety of media, classes, tapes, videos and internet.
For further details contact your local library, listed under your local authority in the phone book or visit www.librarycouncil.ie.
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Last Updated: 05/03/2014 ^ back to top