The New Year got underway in earnest on Saturday 13th January with the Open Education Postgraduate Team welcoming the Semester 2 intake of Masters students. A diverse mix of students commenced their postgraduate studies in Operations Management, Sustainable Development or Information Systems. The 2018 cohort of online students includes people located throughout Ireland and as far away as China and Azerbaijan. Our internationally-based students participated virtually in the Welcome Day.
At the start of the day acting Head of Open Education, Dr James Brunton, welcomed everyone to online learning through DCU Connected and introduced the work of the NIDL more generally. Programme Director, Colum Foley, guided this group of mature students through DCU’s virtual learning environment, known as Loop, the main policies and procedures related to studying from a distance, and wished everyone well in their studies.
Tutors James O’Connor, Colm Ward and Emma McEvoy outlined the role of the Open Education tutor in studying through DCU Connected while successful students William Schofield and Andrew McGrane gave valuable insights from a learner’s perspective. Aisling Deignan advised on administrative procedures and then Ellen Breen hosted students on a tour of the DCU Library on the Glasnevin campus.
We wish the class of January 2018 every success in their student journey and look forward to hearing more about their goals and aspirations for the future as they work towards successful completion of their study.