The Inside Track on Outdoor Learning

By Clare Gormley

albertpark.jpgI remember three things very vividly from my primary school education: on my first day of school, I remember feeling immensely proud of the little plasticine/márla ‘biscuits’ I made with the approval of my first ever teacher Mrs Kenny. A few years later, I remember the delight of learning the wonderfully atmospheric poem The Listeners by Walter de La Mare. And lastly, I cannot overstate the excitement of childhood memories from getting on the train in Galway and going to Dublin Zoo with my pals for a school tour. It is that last memory that leads me to this blog post where I’d like to share some thoughts on what I believe are the under explored opportunities of outdoor learning – not just for little ones but for much older students too.

albertparkline-orlaleading.jpgAt ‘The Sipping Point’ recently we ran a session on the great outdoors with a promise we would “experience some outdoor learning activities, and begin to appreciate the potential for learning in, through and about the outdoors”. So it was that on two days in January (one cold but crisp, the other cold and damp) we found ourselves gathered to set off on an ‘Outdoor Learning’ walk under the expert tutelage of Dr Orla Kelly, DCU School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies.

So what exactly did we do, you may wonder? To find out the answer to this question, then read more on Clare’s person blog Learning Rush.

Exciting New Opportunities for Doctoral Study in Digital Learning – Scholarships Available Too

We are pleased to announce that a new Digital Learning strand or professional focus is now available in our internationally regarded Doctor of Education (EdD) programme which is offered through DCU’s Institute of Education. The EdD programme is ideal for part-time doctoral students working in education and/or training environments who are returning to postgraduate study, as there are significant benefits and advantages of collaborating with fellow doctoral candidates, and a team of experienced DCU researchers, as part of a supportive cohort. Applications are now open for the first intake of students in the Digital Learning doctorate.

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We are also delighted to announce that the DCU Institute of Education, in association with the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL), invites applications for two new Doctoral Scholarships for research in the area of Digital Learning. IMG_6261.jpgThese scholarships will cover 50% of the cost of EdD programme registration fees for the first two-years of study. More information about how to apply for the Doctoral Scholarships can be found on the following website:

Apply for EdD Scholarships in Digital Learning

In preparing your scholarship application you may also wish to view the list of DCU staff who are research active in the area of Digital Learning and their wide range of interests and scholarly outputs. Should you require any further information about undertaking a doctorate in the Digital Learning area then please contact Dr Enda Donlon in the Institute of Education or Professor Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning.

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