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Awards 2011

 UCISA Best Case Study Award 2011

Photo caption: Frances Boylan accepting the award


The Dublin eLearning Summer School, facilitated by DIT since 2003 has been awarded ‘best case study’ by UCISA’s Academic Support Group. The Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/ represents UK’s universities and higher education colleges, identifying best practice and spreading its use through organising conferences, seminars and workshops; promoting development and research; and the publication of materials.
In June of last year they called for case studies from the UK and Ireland demonstrating best practice in engaging with academics and other elearning users in the use of technology enhanced learning, highlighting in particular strategies for promoting change and best practice. Of the case studies submitted, Dr. Frances Boylan’s case study on the eLearning Summer School was chosen for publication, along with nine others,  in UCISA’s best practice guide ‘Engaging Hearts and Minds’ http://bit.ly/tLGkZd . Of those ten case studies published, six, including DIT, were invited to present at a Showcase Seminar on December 7th 2011 at the Innovation Forum, University of Salford, Manchester, where the award was made.
Julie Voce, elearning Services Manager at Imperial College London, and Chair of UCISA’s Academic Support Group said that judging panel felt that elearning summer school “provided an excellent example of how a simple idea to engage academics can grow and develop over time into a highly successful venture. This model is not only transferable to other institutions, but also encourages collaboration between local institutions.”
The LTTC are thrilled that the summer school has been recognised in this way, especially as it prepares for its 10th year!  As Dr Kevin C. O’Rourke, Head of eLearning Support and Development at DIT explains, “The impact that the Summer School has had on hundreds of educators both in DIT and, since 2010, in the other HE institutions in the greater Dublin area, is testament to the dedication and hard work of a fabulous team of people. Winning this award reinforces our belief that the Summer School is a model which could be adopted with similar success by others.”

Download UCISA Best Practise Guide


Screenshots of Tweets posted by attendees during the presentation

ALT Awards 2011

About the award

DIT’s Learning Teaching & Technology Centre (LTTC) were awarded joint second place in the 2011 Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Learning Technologist of the Year Award (team category).
ALT is the UK's leading membership organisation in the field of learning technology with a purpose to ensure that the use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying appropriate pedagogical approaches.
This award was presented at the 2011 ALT Conference on the 7th September 2011 in Leeds.
The LTTC took joint second place in the team award category because of the centre’s deep and enduring influence on provision at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), and the very professional way in which the staff of LTTC operate as a team.
The award judging panel was very impressed with the:

  • Passion and commitment of the team;
  • Well-planned and structured approach taken to enhancing academic and elearning development at DIT;
  • Broader beneficial impact of the team on universities and colleges elsewhere in Dublin such as through strategic Innovation partnerships and innovations and the Dublin eLearning Summer school.

The award was judged by a panel chaired by Carol Higgison, President of ALT; Dave White (University of Oxford); Kevin McLaughlin - (St Peter’s Church of England Primary School,  Leicestershire); Jane Hart - Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies; Peter Twining (The Open University); Christine Lewis (UK Ministry of Justice).


Jennifer Burke Award 2011 


Photo caption: Presenting the Jennifer Burke Award at EdTech 11, Waterford IT to Dr Michael Seery (centre) were, from left, Dr Jen Harvey, DIT Learning Teaching and Technology Centre, Dr Paul Gormley, NUIG, Chair ILTA, Muireann O’Keeffe (DIT LTTC, Treasurer, ILTA) and Catherine Bruen (TCD, NDLR)

Dr Michael Seery was presented with the Irish Learning Technology Association Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the recent EdTech 11 conference held in Waterford Institute of Technology. The award is made to a lecturer from any Irish institution who has devised, implemented and evaluated a learning innovation in their practice. The judging panel of the award is made up of representatives from the HEA, industry (Intel Ireland), last year’s winner (Dr John O’Connor), Jennifer Burke’s former colleagues in DCU and from the Irish Learning and Technology Association.

The award was made to recognise Michael’s work in incorporating e-learning into his teaching, and specifically for developing online pre-lecture resources to support first year students’ learning – especially those coming to 3rd level without prior knowledge of chemistry. The work was completed as part of a College of Sciences and Health Teaching Fellowship and is part of a larger body of work in supporting first year learners in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences being carried out by Michael and Dr Claire Mc Donnell of the Chemistry Education Research Team and Dr Roisin Donnelly of the Learning Teaching and Technology Centre.

Visit Michael's website where he writes about the Award.

You can follow Michael on Twitter, or read about his work on his website where he regularly blogs on a diverse range of educational technology topics.

Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) Award 2011



 A Masters programme in Legal Professional Education and Skills, developed by colleagues in the DIT Learning Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC) in collaboration with the Law Society of Ireland, has won an Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) Award. The award was given in recognition of “excellence in developing, designing anddelivering innovative training to the legal profession.”  
Some years ago, LTTC developed a short course in learning, teaching and assessment (5ECTS, Level 9) in collaboration with the Law Society.  Building on the success of this course, Dr. Jen Harvey and colleagues went on to develop the MA programme in Legal Professional Education and Skills with the Law Society.  The programme is based on the existing DIT MA in Higher Education but students enrolling must first complete the Short Course and this entitles them to a number of agreed exemptions from elements of the MA programme.   Last year Dr. Harvey successfully tendered to secure funding from Skillnets to support the programme, and the first group of students from the Law Society commenced their MA programme in September 2010.  
Now in their 13th year, the IITD National Training Awards are an opportunity for participants to benchmark their training and development programmes in real terms. At the presentation of awards on 4th March, John Gorman, President of the Irish Institute of Training & Development said: “Each winning organisation demonstrates best practice, innovation and the tangible returns achieved from training. These leading organisations highlight the key role that people development plays in enabling organisations adapt and respond to current challenges.  
While the Award for the MA in Legal Professional Education and Skills was formally made to the Law Society Professional Training, they in turn expressed sincere their thanks to LTTC colleagues Jen Harvey, Marian Fitzmaurice, Vincent Farrell and Muireann O’Keeffe for their hard work in ensuring that the collaborative programme was ‘a winner'.   Announcing the Award, the President of the Irish Institute of Training and Development specifically complimented the programme for what he called “the maturity of standards from an international training and development perspective.”

From left to right :- Vincent Farrell, LTTC, DIT, Jen Harvey, LTTC, DIT, John Gorman, President IITD, Michelle Ní Longáin, Chairman of the Law Society Finuas Network Steering Committee, Ciarán Cannon, TD, Minister for Training and Skills, Attracta O'Regan, Head, Law Society Professional Training, T P Kennedy, Director of Education, Alan Nuzum, CEO Skillnet Ltd., Tracey Donnery, Skillnets Ltd.

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