eLearning Summer School wins UCISA best case study

16th December 2011: Dublin Institute of Technology’s eLearning Summer School has been named best case study by UCISA’s Academic Support Group. The eLearning Summer School is one of ten case studies featured in a UCISA best practice guide featuring examples of good practice in engaging academics in the use of technology enhanced learning (TEL).

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Dr. Frances Boylan, eLearning Development Officer at the DIT Learning Teaching and Technology Centre, accepting the UCISA Award

“I’m genuinely thrilled that the Dublin eLearning Summer School is being recognised as an example of best practice by UCISA, especially as we’re preparing for its 10th year, “ said Dr Kevin C. O’Rourke, Head of eLearning Support and Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology. “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.”

Julie Voce, eLearning Services Manager at Imperial College London and Chair of UCISA’s Academic Support Group commented, “The judging panel felt that the Dublin eLearning Summer School facilitated by the Dublin Institute of Technology 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.”

Submissions from Mary Jacob of Aberystwyth University and from Agi Ryder and Asanka Dayananda of Middlesex University were highly commended by the judging panel.

Aberystwyth University’s Synergy in Action case study demonstrated the importance of a good working relationship between e-learning teams and the educational teams running postgraduate certificate courses. The judging panel was impressed by the use of teaching cycles to encourage staff to demonstrate how they are integrating TEL into their design and practice.

Middlesex University were commended for their Online Educational Alternatives Course where an immersive approach was used to give entire programme teams the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills by actively engaging with the very technology they may eventually adopt.

Engaging Hearts and Minds: Engaging with academics in the use of technology enhanced learning can be found on the UCISA website: www.ucisa.ac.uk/engaging

Visit the Dublin eLearning Summer School page at http://www.dit.ie/lttc/events/elearningsummerschool/

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