Lord Mayor launches Dublin eLearning Summer School 2011

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20th June 2011

More than 50 academics from all disciplines across Dublin's universities and institutes of technology went back to school this morning for the start of the annual Dublin eLearning Summer School. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen was on hand to officially open the School which is running all week in Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

The Summer School was the brainchild of Dr Kevin O’Rourke, Head of eLearning Support and Development at DIT, and has been running successfully since 2003. In 2010, the Summer School was extended beyond DIT for the first time, and was run under the auspices of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA) in collaboration with the eight higher education institutions in the Dublin region; DCU, DIT, IADT, ITB, ITT Dublin, NUI Maynooth, TCD, and UCD.

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The five-day programme aims to help lecturers appreciate fully the rapidly changing environment within which they now teach, and to identify how they can utilise modern technologies effectively to communicate with their students and facilitate flexible learning.

According to Dr O’Rourke, attitudes to technology in education have matured considerably over the past decade so that it is now a mainstream feature of teaching and learning, while the enthusiasm of academic staff signing up for the summer school has also grown enormously.  “This is the second year that we have run this summer school in association with our colleagues in the DRHEA. Last year’s collaboration was a huge success and we are looking forward to building on that this year. The response from the delegates themselves was also very encouraging with every single one of those who submitted feedback saying that they would recommend the Summer School to a colleague, and that it was a good use of their time."

The theme this year is "Challenging the 21st Century Learner", and sessions cover everything from "Teaching in an Online Environment" to “Facebook in Education”.  This year’s programme is very hands-on and participants have the option of attaining credit for the work associated with the event.

The event is being streamed live on the internet at http://flashhost.heanet.ie/ditss/live.html (embedded below) and can be followed on Twitter at #elss11.

´╗┐For more information on the eLearning Summer School and to see the full programme  see http://www.drhea.ie/events.php?page=106

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