#Openteach Book Launch: An Open Book for Educators

We invite you to join us at the launch event for the #Openteach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators open online book by Orna Farrell, James Brunton, Caitriona Ni She, and Eamon Costello. 

About the book

In this book we aim to share the knowledge, resources and research generated by the #Openteach project, which aimed to create an evidence-based and open professional learning approach to support educators to teach online.

Teaching online is different, in this book we explore this difference with the aim of supporting educators to develop their online teaching practice and knowledge of online pedagogy.

The book combines the theory and practice of teaching online and contains examples and ideas, drawn from the voices of online educators and online students. We consider key themes in online pedagogy such as presence, interaction, supporting online students, and synchronous and asynchronous engagement. 

Why an open book?

#Openteach: Professional Development for Open Online Educators is an open online book published on the Pressbooks platform. The book is further evidence of our commitment to open access publishing through a Creative Commons License (CCL). The principle of openness was at the heart of the #Openteach project. All of the resources and intellectual outputs were CCL and openly shared through social media and the project website. The #Openteach online course was freely available and participation was open to anyone, from anywhere, with the capability to join an online course. 

Read the book

You can access the book online here: https://oer.pressbooks.pub/openteach/

Come to our book launch

Date: Tuesday, 29th June 2021

Time: 10:00 am (Irish time)

To register: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/openteach-book-launch-tickets-160191644521

For more information, contact Dr Orna Farrell orna.farrell@dcu.ie

DigiCulture: Bridging the Digital Skills Gap

Cultural and creative industries have been hit hard by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some organisations have fought back with rapid innovations that have moved cultural content into the online domain. These efforts have opened the door to future digital innovation in this sector. However, in order to capitalise on this momentum and expand its reach, there is a need to address the digital skills gap in the cultural and creative sector more generally. 

“There is a lack of digital capacity in both the leadership of and processes within the sector” (Bowes et al. 2018).

A suite of free online courses developed by the Erasmus+ project, DigiCulture, is one answer to this problem. The courses aim to develop the digital competencies of individuals and groups in the cultural and creative industries (although anyone can register) across a range of topic areas including digital content creation, safety, communication and collaboration, and data literacy.

Take a look at the courses

A team in the NIDL and Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge have primarily been involved in the development of the following two courses in the series.

Digital Safety, Security and Ethics

This course aims to equip you with a broad understanding of digital security and ethics and outlines some of the steps you can take to protect your devices and online information.

Register Now

Digital Audiences and Digital Analytics

This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to identify your digital audience, grow your digital audience using search engine optimisation and assess your impact online using digital analytics.

Register Now

We are delighted to announce that these courses are now open for registration and facilitation will commence on Monday 31st May 2021.

You can learn more, and register for these and the other courses in the series, on the DigiCulture website. Spread the word! 


Bowes, L., Higton, J., Spong, S., Welford, J., Choudhoury, A., & Francis, N. (2018). Skills needs assessment for the creative and cultural sector: A current and future outlook. CFE Research.https://creativealliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Report-Skills-Needs-Assessment-For-The-Creative-And-Cultural-Sector-CCSkills.pdf

Erasmus+ 2018-1-RO01-KA204-049368