WIT Digital Champions build digital literacy capacity

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Pictured are three Digital Champions, Dr Aine Furlong, Dr Siobhan Drohan and Dr Catherine Madden who presented their projects to WIT staff in June.

Pictured are three Digital Champions, Dr Aine Furlong, Dr Siobhan Drohan and Dr Catherine Madden who presented their projects to WIT staff in June.

Selection of WIT’s seven Digital Champions host event at WIT to encourage other academics to pursue the use of technology in their teaching

Three of WIT’s seven Digital Champions recently presented their projects to WIT staff. WIT staff who are participating in the Digital Champions project are:  Laura Widger, Conor O'Neill, Dr Catherine Madden, Terry O'Brien, Claire Kennedy, Dr Kathleen Grennan, Des O'Donovan, Dr Áine Furlong, Fiona Murphy, Fionnula Kennedy.

A collaboration led by UCC with Waterford IT, IT Carlow, IT Tralee and Cork IT, the project runs from December 2015 to the end of June 2016.

The aim of the Digital Champions project is that staff will become champions for the improvement of digital literacy skills within their academic discipline, their department. The project will document the journey these champions take and provide a map for others who wish to follow in their footsteps.

"We hope that these type of local events will encourage other academics to pursue the use of technology in their teaching, like our Champions have,” said Laura Widger, Manager of the eLearning Support Unit.

This project intends to continue the work begun under Phase 1 of the National Forum Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund as well as bring together expertise attained in the Southern Cluster of  Higher Education Institutes in building digital literacy capacity among staff and developing more effective engagement with students through online tools.

Dr Aine Furlong, Dr Siobhan Drohan and Dr Catherine Madden presented their projects to WIT staff in June. View below on YouTube.

One of WIT Digital Champions, Dr Catherine Madden, explains the importance of the project.

“Many of our students are digital natives and technology can help to engage them and support the learning process. In the form of blended learning, I think technology can create more flexible learning approaches and enable to student to learn at their own pace and time. This helps to create more inclusive, student-centered learning experiences.”

Sample projects

Dr Áine Furlong- Languages, Hospitality and Tourism - Two (or three) cards for learning: a Moodle interface for 21st century pedagogies.

Dr Siobhan Drohan - Department of Computing and Mathematics - Development of interactive and non-interactive online resources for first year programming students.

Frank Conway, School of Business - To Create Short Video Tutorials and Deliver Webinars.

Dr Catherine Madden, Department of Nursing and Health Care - Online Peer and Self-Assessment: Nursing Students’ attitudes and perceptions.

Terry O’Brien & Claire Kennedy, Library - Developing re-usable learning objects to improve international students information and research skills.

Dr Kathleen Grennan, Department of Science - Development of digital resources for blended learning.

Further information about participants' projects in the collaborating institutes are available at [url=http://www.digitalchampions.ie]http://www.digitalchampions.ie[/url].

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