Prestigious Accreditation for DCU Connected Online Psychology Degree

DCU’s BA in Humanities (Psychology Major), offered online through DCU Connected, has become the first online distance education degree programme in Ireland to be accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Welcoming the news, Dr James Brunton, Programme Chair, commented: “This accreditation demonstrates that the programme meets the highest international standards for undergraduate, pre-professional education and training in Psychology”.

DCU Connected 2017DCU has a long history of opening up access to higher education through online distance education, as not everyone has the option of undertaking full time, on-campus study.

Now, for the first time, a PSI accredited online option is available in Ireland for people that need a flexible route to a university qualification in Psychology.

Prof. Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at DCU, said: “This achievement is further evidence of DCU’s commitment to providing excellence in online education which helps to transform lives and societies”.

The DCU Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Psychology Major) is a Level 8 honours degree programme, which provides students with a focused, tailored programme of education in Psychology.

The online DCU Connected programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they undertake in a given year to work around their life, family and work responsibilities.

This prestigious accreditation means that students who graduate with a BA in Humanities (Psychology Major) through DCU Connected, and who achieve a minimum of second-class honours, will be eligible for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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Dr Brunton concluded: “We are proud to announce this news as the accreditation process was extremely thorough and demonstrates how new flexible models of learning are becoming increasingly accepted by major professional bodies as a means for widening participation in higher education”.

For more information on this programme or other DCU Connected undergraduate programmes, please visit:

New publication on Improving Academic Integrity Through Assessment Design

Our Teaching Enhancement team has just published a new report on improving Academic Integrity developed as part of the European funded “Integrity” project. The report provides a scoping review to investigate how assessment design is being used to promote Academic Integrity and to better understand the types of recommendations being made for using assessment design to support and advance the principles of Academic Integrity.

Academic Integrity

More specifically the review is structured to answer the following questions:

  • What is academic integrity?
  • What is academic dishonesty?
  • Why do students cheat?
  • What are the implications?
  • Why this review?
  • How did we review the literature?
  • What did we find out?
  • What are the main takeaways from the review?
  • What are some of the major gaps?
  • What are the key recommendations?

More resources will come including an entire toolkit for academic staff on the same topic so hopefully this scoping review whet’s your appetite.