Successful Launch of Loop Reflect: DCU’s New Learning Portfolio

We recently launched under the leadership of Lisa Donaldson and Dr Mark Glynn in the Teaching Enhancement Unit in the NIDL our new learning portfolio known as Loop Reflect.

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The new platform, based on a customised version of Mahara specifically designed to meet DCU’s requirements, aims to support students to critically reflect on and share their academic, professional and personal achievements.  In this respect the learning portfolio is intended to help students demonstrate their ability to meet DCU’s Generation 21 Graduate Aspirations, and support meaningful employment on graduation and a wider commitment to life-long and life-wide learning.  The goal is to create a living portfolio which will help develop critical reflection as a “habit of mind” and assist future employers in visualising the breadth of a DCU student’s capability and learning experience.

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The launch event for Loop Reflect was attended by Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, and marks the completion of the pilot phase of Reflect which has seen more than 5,000 students sign up to use the learning portfolio across a range of disciplines and in a range of different contexts. Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU explained the importance of this new initiative:

“DCU is committed to providing its students with a transformative learning experience, that will enable them to flourish in the workplace and society.  The world of work requires citizens with transferable skills who are resilient and adaptable, and capable of reflective and critical thinking.  The Reflect portfolio challenges traditional approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, capturing all facets of student learning and providing our students with an opportunity reflect on their personal and professional as well as learning development.”

DCU Hosts First Mahara Ireland User Group Meeting

On 27th April 2017, the first Mahara Ireland User Group meeting was held in the Institute of Education on the St Patrick’s campus at Dublin City University. Reflect2The whole-day event attracted around 25 participants from many different Irish institutions and was expertly facilitated by Lisa Donaldson who is managing DCU’s learning portfolio project known as Loop Reflect. The event’s dedicated hashtag (#maharairl) provides a rich account of the various lessons, implementation stories and related presentations shared over the course of the day.

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If you would like further information about future meetings of the new Irish Mahara community then please email, Lisa Donaldson <lisa.donaldson@dcu.ie>