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Articulate E-Learning Roadshow

Tom Kuhlmann and David Anderson of the Articulate Community were in Dublin. The audience were mainly Storyline users drawn from higher education, business and freelance developers. The UCD contingent included several academics as well as educational technologists. Tom & David started by focusing on design based on the accurate premise that many Storyline courses growContinue Reading

Seven Myths about Education – Skills, Knowledge & Schooling

Daisy Christodoulou’s 2013 book ‘The Seven Myths about Education’ is a well-written critique of the current policies in UK education and their implementation through the curriculum and by school inspections from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED). The book is easy to read, while making some convincing, evidence-based arguments. HerContinue Reading

SPARCs – UCD Outreach

SPARC is a UCD Teaching and Learning initiative to support  joint student and staff projects whose goal is to make UCD a better place to learn, work and live by coming up with an idea that will enhance or improve some aspect of university or community life. 2015 is SPARC’s first year. The four successfulContinue Reading

Benefits of Computers in Schools?

The recent Students, Computers and Learning: Making The Connection report from the OECD finds no improvement in PISA scores from countries which have invested heavily in ICTs for secondary education. PISA tests 15-year-old students from over 70 economies in reading mathematics and science. In the writer’s opinion, students will only benefit from the effective useContinue Reading

Virtual Tour Conway Institute

Following the virtual tour of the UCD James Joyce Library, Gordon Cooke and Kate Connor from the UCD Conway Institute have developed  Labview 360, a virtual tour of the Conway labs using krpano. Their aim is to speed up the training and orientation of new students and staff on the Institute’s labs and equipment. ToContinue Reading

Technology in Irish HE? Who decides?

Dr Kevin O’Rourke from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) launched the inaugural UCD EdTECx talks with his keynote address “Do we know where we are going to?” – a review of current trends on the role of technology in Irish higher education.  Over 120 UCD staff attended the two-day talks in March 2015 whichContinue Reading

Oppia for open questions and learning scenarios

Oppia is a new cloud-based authoring tool under development by a team of collaborators including Google employees. Currently in beta and due for release in February 2015, Oppia is free and open source, easy-to-use and flexible. It is built around learning activities which it calls ‘explorations’. It is good at parsing answers to open questions and branching basedContinue Reading

Photographing Graffiti in Kilmainham Gaol

Dr Laura McAtackney is an archaeologist, who is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the UCD School of Social Justice. She has been using archaeological methodologies to record and interpret historic graffiti in the West (Old) Wing of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin where political prisoners from the Easter Rising (1916), War of Independence (1919-1921) and the CivilContinue Reading

Collaborative Online Project between Years

Dr Niamh Flanagan of the UCD School of Applied Social Science wanted students on the first and second years of the Masters in Social Science (Social Work) to work together on the Student-2-Student Dialogue Project. The aim of this project was to investigate learning opportunities while on fieldwork placement. The first year students designed aContinue Reading

Pesky Gnats! – Game for children in therapy

Pesky Gnats is a computer game and app for children to play in therapy. gNATs are little flies whose sting leads to certain negative ways of thinking . These Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs) develop without the person noticing. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) was developed for adults and is not very child friendly. To make CBTContinue Reading