Students Learning With Communities Awards

A big congratulations to all out students who were presented with Students Learnin With Communities Awards on Tuesday. The awards were held in St. Laurences Church Grangegorman aim to commend students who have excelled in working with DIT's Community Partners

Students Learning With Communities involves DIT staff and/or students collaborating with under-served community partners (local groups, not-for-profit organisations, charities etc) to develop real-life projects for mutual benefit.


Liuri Loami, Damien Glynn and Andrei Botnari with Professor Brian Norton

Students receiving certificates included Damien Glyn, Andrei Botnari, Liuri Loami and Joao Victor Teixeira who were awarded 'Best Engagement with User Centred Design' at the recent Students Learning with Communities Awards. Over the past year they have worked with our Community Partners St John of Gods (Liffey Region) to design and implement a much more secure, usable and accessible login system.



Laura McGovern receiving her certificate from Professor Brian Norton, with Damian Bourke and John Gilligan

Laura McGovern also received an award and was commended with 'Best User Experience'. In conjunction with or Community Partners at St John of Gods Menni Services Laura developed Sobot : a robot based language development app for young non verbal communicators.



Mark Naylor receiving his certificate from Professor Brian Norton, with Damian Bourke and John Gilligan

Mark Naylor also worked with St John of Gods Menni Services and was commended with 'Best Innovative use of technology to enhance user experience' for his project which developed 'A predictive Augmentative and Alternative Communication App for young non-verbal communicators.'

Over the past year the School has colloborated with our Community Partners, who include St John of God Menni Services and Wells for Zoe. The Awards were also an opportunity to commend both staff and the community partners to be recognised for their roles and their inputs into the various projects. The School has worked closely with comunity partner Orlagh Gregory from St John of Gods who outlined specific projects that could be undertaken by our students. Members of staff working in the projects this year include Damian Bourke, Paul Bourke, Sarah Boland, Bianca Schoen-Phelan, Cathy Ennis, Damian Gordon, Jonathan McCarthy, Leslie Shoemaker, Pat Browne and John Gilligan.

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