Digital Learning

Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities 2019-2021

The third level student population is likely to grow by 40,000 by 2030, with approximately 25,000 of these to arrive at the doors of our seven universities. The growth surge coincides with a change in how education is delivered with rapid advances in digital learning. To meet this challenge, universities have committed to develop a coherent national programme in digital learning.

This project, funded through the Higher Education Authority Innovation and Transformation Programme, is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teaching and learning process.

To achieve these objectives, working closely with senior academic leaders across the university sector, the project will develop, pilot, review and roll out an ambitious staff development programme to enhance the digital confidence, skills and competences of those who teach in Irish universities.

The project, led by Dr Sharon Flynn, will build explicitly on work already undertaken by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and on existing staff development resources available at institutional and disciplinary levels within the sector. It will also play a central role in delivering on the universities’ strategic ambitions in this area, as well as on a range of key national and European policy objectives.