October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter

The new term has brought us a chance to reconnect with old faces and meet new faces on campuses up and down the country. With this opportunity to return to campus comes a need to adapt and to rethink our old ways of doing things. Both the methods used throughout Covid and before may need to be modified in this new context, and this newsletter aims to get you thinking differently going forward.

This newsletter takes at look at new ways of delivering material, the emerging experiences of our student interns with the return to campus and some potential untapped resources. Our team has been hard at work these past few months looking at how to navigate the new academic year. Some of that work can be seen on our past webinars page, with recent webinars on topics ranging from The Role of Technology in Inclusive Education to designing Escape Rooms. We also have a host of resources created by our student intern team for students, including resources on Planning for effective Learning at Third Level, and university-specific resource pages.

Be it academic integrity, delivering CPD for staff, or delivering student training, there is always room for a fresh perspective. Make sure to take a look, and remember to subscribe to our newsletter here to make sure you keep up to date with the latest updates!

Microsoft Training – An untapped resource?

Our UCD EDTL Student Intern, Eimer Magee, shares the findings of research concerning students’ experiences of Microsoft Office training and share some insights into the value of this training, and how best to deliver it.

Image by Fatos Bytyqi via Unsplash

There is an expectation that students, most of whom have grown up in a digital age, can navigate their way around Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Many of us list ‘proficient in Microsoft Office’ as a skill on our CV – but can we assume that this skillset goes beyond the basic toolbar functions?. …. continue reading.

Escaping the Box

The escape room concept has risen in popularity in recent years and has now begun to make its debut in the realm of higher education. Escape rooms can offer immersive problem-solving experiences in educational contexts to engage learners in developing skills such as problem-solving, creative thinking, digital competencies, and group-work skills. The Covid pandemic has now given rise to digital escape rooms. Lisa Donaldson, Learning Technologist at DCU, discusses their use of escape rooms in delivering CPD for academic staff.

The Dublin City University (DCU) Teaching and Learning Week 2021 took place in early September. This event is run annually by the Teaching Enhancement Unit (TEU), traditionally over a single day, face to face. In 2020, Teaching and Learning Day became Teaching and Learning week with online events run synchronously and asynchronously… continue reading.

Academic Integrity Week

For Academic Integrity Week, we take a look at some of the resources the EDTL project team has created on the subject of academic integrity.

Academic Integrity Week is upon us, and amid all the great work being done to promote academic integrity and to fight against contract cheating, we take a look at some of the work done by the EDTL team to support teaching staff in supporting academic integrity…. continue reading.

Student Interns: Back to Campus Perspectives

The new semester has given many a chance to return to campus and reconnect, but it has not been without bumps in the road. In this article, the EDTL Student Interns discuss one positive and one negative of the new term and the shift from online learning to face-to-face and hybrid approaches.

The new term has undoubtedly been a long awaited and exciting time for both staff and students. Hybrid and face-to-face learning has changed a lot in the last year, and our perspectives on teaching and learning have undoubtedly changed as well. In advance of the upcoming Student-led EDTL webinar on the 1st of November, some of our intern team reflect on some of the positives and negatives of the return to campus….. continue reading.

The Future is Cloud

In this article Barry Feeney and Fernando Perez Tellez, TU Dublin, and Nicole Price, Amazon, take a look at the courses in cloud computing provided by TUD Tallaght to their students in partnership with Amazon Web Services through their AWS Academy.

In spring 2016, Matt Pye, Operations Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS), came to our campus to talk to our students about Cloud Computing careers. In the discussion with academic staff the possibility of joining AWS Academy project came up. A quick review of the AWS Academy, then in its beta form showed an ambitious high-quality approach to developing relevant and important skills in students… continue reading.

Meet the New EDTL Student Interns

It has been all change on the EDTL Student Intern front, with several new faces since the our last newsletter. Read on to learn more about the EDTL interns you will definitely be hearing a lot from over the next few months.

The new semester has brought with it a few changes to the EDTL Student Intern team. Our EDTL Student Interns provide the student voice on the topic of student education, and contribute to EDTL resources in both a University-level and national level format. They are a vital part of enhancing digital teaching and learning and the contribution of our outgoing interns to the EDTL project has had a tangible impact… continue reading.

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