The DIT eLearning Summer School ran from Monday 23rd June to Friday 27th and was a great success with over 25 DIT staff attending the week.
The focus for this Summer School was a little different to previous years: it concentrated heavily on the upgraded DIT eLearning platform webcourses.dit.ie and participants attended intensive workshops over the week, receiving full training on the new system.
However, there was also some time for reflection and Thursday afternoon saw a very well-attended panel discussion on the topic "Does technology improve student learning?" The panel was composed of DIT Staff (Alice Luby (Business), Brian Gillespie (Tourism & Food), Fiona McSweeney (Applied Arts)) and chaired by Jen Harvey, Head of Lifelong Learning. Bernie Goldbach, new media expert and senior lecturer at Tipperary Institute, also joined the panel as did two of Alice Luby's students, Eidin and Barry from first year Business & Management. It's always useful to hear directly from students and Eidin and Barry provided very articulate commentary on eLearning practice at DIT, from the students' perspective.
As in previous years the success of the Summer School is very much due to the people who facilitate the Learning Technology Team and Staff Training & Development, and we would like to thank the Library Staff and Portering Staff in DIT Aungier Street and also the Faculty of Business for giving us access to the excellent seminar rooms and training facilities of DIT Aungier Street.