#OpenTeach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators


On the 21st of November an intra-institutional team from the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) and the Institute of Education from Dublin City University presented at the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education open forum presentations for teaching and learning funding. The DCU team presented our proposed project called #OpenTeach: professional development for Open Online Educators.


The #OpenTeach project aims to address the challenge of effectively supporting the professional development of part-time educators involved in teaching online, higher education programmes. Specifically, this project aims to develop the digital and pedagogical competencies of the 90+ DCU Connected online teachers, enabling them to create a positive and supportive learning environment for our students.


The project has a number of phases, as illustrated above. Firstly we will conduct an analysis of our online teachers’ professional development needs and a critical synthesis of the relevant literature on supporting part-time casual teaching staff. Then we will design and create a suite of open access evidence-based digital guides on best practice for online teaching. Using the digital guides we will develop a short online course which will be piloted, evaluated and adapted. The resources will follow an open first philosophical approach.

The full blog post describing this project is available on Orna’s LinkedIn page. For more information on the #OpenTeach project contact Dr. Orna Farrell 

Learning Design Cross Institutional Network – Register Now

The 11th Learning Design Cross Institutional Network (LD-CIN) and first meeting of the new year will be hosted by the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU) on 8th April 2019. The focus of the meeting will be on:

Designing for opening up education, including OERs, MOOCs and new forms of accreditation and micro-credentialing.

There is also an opportunity for you to indicate any other potential topics that you would like to see discussed by contacting the local organiser. Please register here to book your place if you are interested in participating in this event.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the network meeting and we hope that you enjoy Dublin! For those coming from outside of Ireland an accommodation list can be found at:


Please contact Professor Gráinne Conole, Head of the Open Education Unit, on behalf of the LD CIN organising committee if you require any further information. unnamed.png