Ongoing Funded Projects

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Ongoing Funded Projects

What is CITO? 
The Check-In, Take-Off (CITO) project is an Erasmus+ project funded by the European Commission.  The CITO project aims to develop an online app to: 
  - Help adults highlight their skills,
  - Help adults highlight areas they need to work on,
  - Suggest courses that may be of use to them. 
The CITO app is intended for adults aged 25 years and over whose highest level of education is at EFQ Level 3 (NFQ Level 4 in Ireland) or below.

Who is involved in the CITO project?
The following five organisations from Malta, Norway and Ireland with experience in adult education are involved in the CITO project: Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability, Malta (Project coordinator), Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland,  Education and Training Boards, Ireland, National Adult Literacy Agency, Ireland and Fonix, Norway.

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WIT Research Team

Executive Management

Dr. Helen Murphy
Head of School of Education & 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

Do you want to find out more? 
You can find out more about the CITO project by checking out the useful links below: 

Recognition of Prior Learning for Lifelong Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the term used to describe the system for giving formal recognition to a range of relevant learning that you may have gained prior to entry onto a particular course. RPL can be used to gain admission to a course of study by helping candidates to demonstrate that they have met the entry requirements and to gain exemption(s) from a module(s) within a programme of study where students can formally demonstrate that they have already met the learning outcomes for the module(s) concerned.

WIT were successful in securing funding as part of the Higher Education System Innovation and Transformation Call 2018 to 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 started in January 2019 and is due to be completed in early 2022. 

Project Team Members

Executive Management

Dr. Helen Murphy
Head of School of Education & 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.

 

Do you want to find out more?
You can find out more about by visiting the project website www.rpl4lifelonglearning.ie

Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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.

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 and foster strong sectoral collaboration.   

WIT has been awarded National Forum SATLE funding for 2020 to support the following projects:

Project Title Contacts
A digital badged blended learning award and policy for developing quality assured digital badge awards Dr. Paul O'Leary E: [email protected]

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

Prof. Denis Harrington and Mr. Ger Long
E: [email protected]  and E:  [email protected]

Technology Enhanced Learning Curriculum Development and Accreditation (30 Credits, Level 9, Minor Award) Dr. Mary Fenton  E: [email protected]

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

Dr. Suzanne Denieffe  E: [email protected]

TutorStack: Tutors Engagement Dashboard & Media Production Enhancement Eamonn de Leastar   E: [email protected]

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

Dr. Niamh Murphy E: [email protected]

Technology Enhanced Learning in Architecture

Aleksandar Kostic  E: [email protected]

 

Other National Forum funded WIT Teaching and Learning Initiatives
The following projects were successful in securing funding as part of the National Forum funding calls between 2014 and 2019:

Every Contact Counts

Pathways to Increase Retention Through Early At-Risk Prediction Modelling

Higher Education Language Educators’ Competences (HELECs)

SPEEDS (Social Policy Education: Enhancing Digital Skills)

ATLAS (Aligning Teaching and Learning across the Technological Sector)

Transformation Through Collaboration – Building Digital Literacy in HEIs

Digital Supports for Transitioning International Students into the Irish Higher Education sector