NIDL and DCU staff played a prominent role at the recent EdTech 2014 conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA). Over a dozen presentations were given by DCU and linked College staff and both Dr Eamon Costello and Dr Mark Glynn were centrally involved in the conference organisation. The highlight was probably Professor Mike Sharples‘ keynote on lessons from massive pedagogy using FutureLearn as a case example. Dr Enda Donlon was a finalist for the Jennifer Burke Award and only missed out by 2 votes in taking out the prize.
Presentations from NIDL staff included amongst a range of topics: using surveys without the hassle in Moodle, lessons from the experience of implementing MOOCs down under, the use of Metis for school placements, the DCU e-portfolio initiative, an assessment matrix for designing and developing assessments, an example of augmented reality in higher education, and design and implementation of a blended learning programme in Malawi, and the value of increasing flexible access to third level learning.
The conference closed with an address from Professor Sarah Moore from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning who formally launched the draft or preliminary Digital Learning Roadmap for building capacity in higher education.