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Remote Learning Oral Question, 24/06/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 24 June 2015 Rob Gibson (SNP) asked the Scottish Government  what impact the use of videoconferencing and other remote learning facilities can have in helping smaller secondary schools broaden the range of subjects offered at all levels.

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, Alasdair Allan, replied that the Scottish Government acknowledges that technology can play an important role in delivering education across a wide geographic area. It can afford learners and educators the opportunity to connect from different physical locations and can help to broaden access to learning opportunities. That is one of the reasons why we continue to offer the glow online learning portal, which provides all learners and teachers in Scotland with free access to a range of tools and services, including web conferencing.

The Scottish Government also support SCHOLAR, which is an online learning environment that delivers regular subject-specific live online homework and revision sessions. However, it is for schools and local authorities themselves to decide how best to deliver education services that meet local needs, including which online resources to use.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2015