Lord Mayor launches Dublin eLearning Summer School 2012 at DIT

Back to school to e-learn for Dublin academics

18th June, 2012:    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, Andrew Montague was on hand to officially open the School which is running all week in Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

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Dr Kevin O'Rourke, Head of eLearning Support and Development at DIT at the launch of the Dublin eLearning Summer School 2012 at DIT pictured with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague and Professor Brian Norton, DIT President

This is the tenth year of the eLearning Summer School, and the theme this year is "Bridging the Gap". The event provides an opportunity for lecturing staff to keep abreast with the rapid pace of change in technologies for education, and participants have the option of attaining ECTS credits. The event combines seminars and hands-on workshops and sessions this year include everything from "Teaching in an online environment"; “The use of digital games in education” and “Digital literacy for digital immigrants" as well as “Social networking and Facebook for education”

The Summer School was the brainchild of Dr Kevin O’Rourke, Head of eLearning Support and Development at DIT back in 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.

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.  Dr O’Rourke added “We believe that the elearning Summer School here is not only unique but a model that should be replicated in Ireland and internationally.”

Indeed, the eLearning Summer School's successful formula was recognised recently by an award from the UK's Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association, who commended the school as “an excellent example of how a simple idea to engage academics can grow and develop over time into a highly successful venture". They pointed to the event as a model which "is not only transferable to other institutions, but also encourages collaboration between local institutions".

The full programme for Dublin eLearning Summer School 2012 is available at http://www.dit.ie/lttc/events/elearningsummerschool/, where details of past summer schools and participant feedback can also be found. The Summer School is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/elss12

For those unable to attend in person, the event can be watched live on the internet at http://flashhost.heanet.ie/ditss/live.html, on iPhone at  http://flashhost.heanet.ie/ditss/live_iphone.html) and can be followed on Twitter at #elss12.

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Dr Kevin O'Rourke, Head of eLearning Support and Development at DIT at the launch of the Dublin eLearning Summer School 2012 at DIT pictured with Jen Harvey, Head of Learning & Technology Centre, DIT and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague.

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Back to School:  The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague officially launched the Dublin eLearning Summer School which is running all week in Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.

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Professor Ellen Hazelkorn Director of Research and Enterprise, DIT & DRHEA Chairperson with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT and Dr. Michael Mulvey Director of Academic Affairs & Registrar, DIT

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