Digital Learning

Enabling Change: Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities

This 3 year project, which is funded through the HEA’s 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. The project aims to mainstream digital in teaching and learning activities in Irish Universities, by addressing the professional development of all who teach or support teaching and learning.

Why Digital?

Higher Education is facing a number of challenges that effect teaching and learning. Student numbers are increasing, while the staff/student ratio has decreased. The student population is increasing in diversity and there are demands for increased flexibility in when and how learning opportunities are provided. Digital devices and applications are ubiquitous. To respond to the changes in student population and the increasingly digital environment, educators have to develop their digital skills and adapt to more innovative teaching approaches.

Discipline Focus

The professional development activities emerging from this project will work directly with discipline groups, both intra- and inter-institutional. This means that, rather than working with or building individual technology champions, the needs and goals of a whole group can be addressed, thereby raising the digital skills of the group.

Pedagogy First

At all times, the professional development activities will take a pedagogy first approach, rather than digital skills training. This means starting by identifying the needs and goals of the group before considering how technology could be used to support innovation and change.

The Pilot Phase

The pilot project will run from September to December 2019. The pilot will look different in each institution, based on the existing expertise and resources available, the strategic aims and goals of the institution, the disciplines involved and their needs.

Project Launch

On Thursday 7 November the new IUA Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning project was launched at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
The launch immediately followed the close of the World Conference on Online Learning.

Download Presentations and view photos of the event

Steering Committee
Steering Committee
Sharon FlynnProject Manager for Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities, IUA
Lewis PurserDirector of Learning & Teaching and Academic Affairs, IUA
Billy KellyDeputy Registrar/Dean of Teaching and Learning, Dublin City University
Theresa Logan-PhelaneLearning Manager, Academic Practice and eLearning, Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Jason LastDean of Students, University College Dublin
Dr Alison HoodDean of Teaching and Learning, Maynooth University
Tom O’MaraOnline Learning Project Manager, Office of the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning, University College Cork
Dr Mary FitzpatrickActing Dean, Teaching and Learning, Regional Teaching and Learning Advocate, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Limerick
Dr Iain Mac LabhrainnDirector, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, NUI Galway
Dr Terry MaguireDirector, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Dr Jim MurrayDirector of Academic Affairs and Deputy CEO, THEA
Kevin McStravockVice President for Academic Affairs, USI
Nora Trench BowlesPolicy and Research Officer, IUA
Project Team
Project Team (as of August 2019)
Rob Lowney
Suzanne Stone
Dublin City University
Tom O’Mara*University College Cork
Morag MonroMaynooth University
Marian O’Connor*University College Dublin
Kate MolloyNUI Galway
Julie Byrnes
Kevin O’Connor
David Hamill
Trinity College Dublin
David MoloneyUniversity of Limerick

*Acting members of project team, pending recruitment

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