educationOngoing Funded Projects

Ongoing Funded Projects

What is CITO? 

Education has the power to transform the lives of learners, their families and their communities and plays an important role in addressing social division and inequality. The European Council adopted the Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways in 2016 which aims to help adults to improve their basic literacy, numeracy and digital skills. Based on this Recommendation, the Erasmus+ project, Check-In Take-Off (CITO) will develop a skills checker tool. The tool will create an environment that builds the confidence of the user by acknowledging the skills they already have and motivating them to take the next steps in achieving their goal. The tool will be trialled in the three partner countries, Malta, Ireland and Norway.

Who is involved in the CITO project?

Five organisations from three different European countries are involved in the CITO project. All five organisations have experience in adult education.

Project Coordinator:

1. Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability (Malta)

Project partners:

2. Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)

3. Education and Training Boards (Ireland)

4. National Adult Literacy Agency (Ireland)

5. FONIX (Norway)

WIT Research Team

Executive Management

Dr. Helen Murphy

Head of School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Principal Investigator

Dr. Maeve O'Grady

Senior Lecturer, WIT Department of Education

Academic Project Manager

Laura Widger

Assistant Head of Department (Education)

Research Assistant 

Sarah Bates-Evoy

Assistant Lecturer, WIT Department of Education

Administrative Support

Joan Mangan

Administrator, WIT Department of Education

Timeframe

January 2019 – December 2021

Outputs

The project will produce a mapping survey, a skills checker tool, as well as training and an outreach toolkit for stakeholders.

How does the CITO project work?

• The Skills Checker tool will allow adults to self-assess their basic literacy, numeracy and digital skills.

• The Skills Checker tool will recognise existing skills as well as those skills that the learner may wish to develop.

• The Skills Checker tool will show, in a clear and simple manner, a range of flexible learning options available to the learner.

• The CITO project will work with stakeholders to develop their awareness of people with literacy, numeracy and digital skills needs. The CITO project will also provide training and an outreach toolkit for stakeholders.

Engaging with RPL for Lifelong Learning

This RPL project will create an on-line RPL portal that will target and facilitate adult learners (lifelong learners) with upper

second level qualifications to participate and engage with higher education in the South East. The project and portal will be

based on the development of access routes into 6 destination award programmes at NFQ8.

 

Timeframe

January 2019 – December 2021

 

Project Team Link names to staff bios

Executive Management

Dr. Helen Murphy

Head of School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Principal Investigator

Dr. Maeve O'Grady

Senior Lecturer, WIT Department of Education

Academic Project Manager

Laura Widger

Assistant Head of Department (Education)

Researcher  

Dr. Zeta Dooly

Lecturer, WIT Department of Education

Administrative Support

Joan Mangan

 

Administrator, WIT Department of Education

 

 

Key Project Outputs:

  • On-line RPL portal based on six destination awards
  • Six destination awards identified in collaboration with industry;
  • Two Industry working groups comprising of academic leads, RPL expert, industry representatives and RPL project team
  • Competency framework developed by academic advisors to inform working groups;
  • Identification of formal, informal and non-formal learning taking place in each industry sector in the agreed discipline areas (in report format);
  • Mapping tool (or process) to map prior formal, informal and non-formal learning to each destination award;
  • Review of Institutional processes for submission of RPL portfolios
  • Increase in % of lifelong Learners registered on programmes via RPL;

Additional outputs -

  • Special Purpose Award for learners in RPL;
  • One award (10 ETS credits at level 9) in RPL for workplace mentors;
  • Fee processing functionality for RPL applications to be included in the portal.

Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019

 

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is the national body responsible for leading and advising on the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. In partnership with students, staff and leaders in Irish higher education, the National Forum works to develop an inclusive, collaborative and innovative culture that maximises learning impact for the success of all students.

The National Forum’s Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) Funding in Higher Education 2019 aims to support the enhancement and transformation agenda that is being pursued at both a national and international level, the Fund fosters strong sectoral collaboration within and between departments.

    

WIT has been awarded National Forum SATLE funding for 2020 to support 10 individual Research Projects across 6 academic Schools and WIT registry.

Action: 

SATLE Current Projects 2020

Primary Contact

Eamonn de Leastar

[email protected]

A digital badged blended learning award and policy for developing quality assured digital badge awards

Primary Contact

Dr Paul O'Leary [email protected]

Enabling Innovative Teaching and Learning practices within the core discipline areas in the School of Business

Primary Contacts

Prof. Denis Harrington & Mr. Ger Long [email protected], [email protected]

Technology Enhanced Learning Curriculum Development and Accreditation (30 Credits, Level 9, Minor Award)

Primary Contact

Dr Mary Fenton [email protected]

 

Innovative Means of Promoting Positive Engagement of Students, Staff and Stakeholders

Primary Contact

Dr Suzanne Denieffe [email protected]

Innovative Means of Promoting Positive Engagement of Students, Staff and Stakeholders

Primary Contact

Dr Suzanne Denieffe [email protected]

TutorStack: Tutors Engagement Dashboard & Media Production Enhancement

Primary Contact

Dr Niamh Murphy [email protected]

Transnational Education and Collaboratory for Health (TEACH CoLab) Recruit prison officer education, capacity building on the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care

Primary Contact

Dr Fionnuala Brennan Waterford Institute of Technology [email protected]

Technology Enhanced Learning in Architecture

Primary Contact

Aleksandar Kostic [email protected]

Pathways to Increase Retention Through Early At-Risk Prediction Modelling

Primary Contact

Kieren Murphy

Waterford Institute of Technology [email protected]

 

Ongoing Projects

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