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

Making Group Work ‘Work’: Reflections on Sipping Point Conversations

By Clare Gormley

Last month at The Sipping Point our teaching conversations focused on the theme of ‘Making Group Work ‘Work’’. This particular topic attracted the most people yet to the Sipping Point so for those who couldn’t be there,  I think it’s well worth reflecting on some of the points that emerged.

Some of the participants at the DCU St Patrick’s Campus Sipping Point

At DCU’s St Patrick’s campus, the session opened up with the irrepressible Martin Molony (School of Communications) asking us to consider common group work stereotypes. No doubt familiar to many of those in the audience, these ‘types’ ran the gamut from the uber enthusiasts to the seemingly work shy. We were presented with the common challenges of group work which included varying abilities, varying skillsets, varying motivations, and varying commitment levels. In a nice about-turn of transforming a negative into a positive, we were asked to encourage students to think about these challenges as potential opportunities and indeed enablers of successful group work.

The inspiring Susan Pike (DCU School of STEM Education, Innovation & Global Studies)  walked us through several examples of different types of group work projects she has been running in geography teacher education. These ranged from projects that had small groups of students getting to socialise and know each other through completing a local field trip, to class-wide activities that got everyone engaged in a collective, high-energy buzz about the posters they created. The confidence-building effects of these activities proved a wonderful counterpoint to all the negative ‘stuff’ we tend to hear about group work in HE, reminding us of why it’s so important to include it in curricula in the first place.

Continue to read more of Clare’s reflections on this event at her personal blog, “Learning Rush“.