Dublin eLearning Summer School 2013

"It's about time!"

The Dublin eLearning Summer School is now over for another year. Summer School 2013 ran in DIT Aungier Street from Monday 24 to Friday 28 June. Over 40 participants attended, drawn from all the institutions of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA) and also Enable Ireland.

The week-long event was formally opened on Monday by the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, and Dr Yvonne Crotty of DCU gave the opening keynote presentation, "It's about time to see the bigger picture - a multi-modal approach".

Dr Kevin C O’Rourke, Head of eLearning Support & Development at DIT, stated in his welcome address that the theme chosen this year – ‘It’s about time’- is meant both as a description and a cry of exasperation.

“Demands on our time are growing and if technology can help us to make better use of our working hours, then that should be a good thing,” he stated. “In that context, it’s great that you decided to give over a week of your time to catch up on what’s happening in the world of education and technology, and to reflect on where it might be taking us.”

Dr O’Rourke pointed to a recent report from the Sloan Consortium in the US that concludes that while the numbers of students enrolled in online classes continues to increase, acceptance of online education by academic staff is actually decreasing.

“There is clearly a disconnect somewhere here,” he noted. “As educators, we must always hone our critical faculties and in the course of this week, we hope to lay open the current landscape of educational technology for scrutiny: from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through podcasting to the oft-cited demise of the Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and more, we hope to give you much to take away and not all of it uncritical.”

Subsequent discussions during the week lived up to this, with sessions looking at social networking, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), free tools for use in education, learning analytics, reflective audio journaling and more. Broader topics which came up for discussion through the week included accessibility, assessment, privacy and time.

PRESENTATIONS: The event was streamed live (thanks to HEAnet) and many presentations from the week are now available online

PHOTOS and COMMENTS: https://www.facebook.com/elss13

DRHEAPROGRAMME: Summer School 2013 Final Programme (pdf)

FEEDBACK: Summer School 2013 Participant Feedback (pdf)

The LTTC would like to thank all those who contributed to making the week such a success, particularly colleagues from DIT Aungier Street who each year very patiently facilitate this event! And last but not least, the participants, who very generously gave of their time, opinions and experiences to make this a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all.