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Thursday 28th April 2011

Welcome to the April edition of the NDLR Newsletter

NDLR LInCS Call for Funding is now open!

I'm sure many of you who attended the NDLR Fest last month, either virtually or in person, were inspired by the resources presented on the day.

For those who may be interested in applying for NDLR funding the application form is now available on the NDLR website. If anyone is having difficulty in finding collaborators for your proposal let us know and we can help you partner up. Deadline for applications is the 20th of May. Good luck!


Partner Spotlight - UCD

UCD NDLR's FLIP camera pilot is currently under way involving a wide array of Schools and programmes. They are being used to capture medical assessments, create video diaries and vignettes on e-politics from the School of Library and Information Studies. Capture bio-environemental project builds, Architectural designs and much more. Click here for more information >>


Rugby star Paul O'Connell launches book titled 'Sport and the Law'

'Sport and the Law' a new book by UL law academic Laura Donnellan, an active member of the NDLR, was launched recently at UL providing a much needed introduction to the law relating to sport.

The book identifies the main legal concepts in a clear, concise and user-friendly manner, covering relevant topics including: criminal liability and on field violence, the legality of fighting sports including boxing, the tortious liability of participants, referees and coaches. The book also deals with the issue of drugs in sport with a focus on the doping policy of the Irish Sports Council and examines the recently controversial issue of gender testing and the rights of transgender athletes.

Sport and the Law is intended for use by sports governing bodies, sports persons, coaches, referees, lawyers, and those studying sports or law related courses. It is also a useful source for those who have an interest in the interaction between sport and the law.


The Magazine of Magazines Officially launched by Minister Jan O’Sullivan

The beautifully restored Georgian House and Garden, Limerick was the perfect venue for the official launch of the PRTLI4, HEA funded text searchable project and NDLR funded e-book project of the 18th century Limerick peridiocal, the Magazine of Magazines.

Minister Jan O'Sullivan officiated the launch commenting on the synchronicity of the event and the wonderful historical resource that is now freely accessible online to all with an interest in 18th century history. Also in attendance was the Mayor of Limerick, City Councillors, Director of the Limerick City Museum and President of the Limerick Archaeological and Historical Society, indicating the interest of the wider public, a model in terms of 'knowledge transfer' from the academy to the civic society. To view the Magazine of Magazines projects click here.


Bringing Architecture to Life!

Dr. Danielle O'Donovan, lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin is leading a NDLR funded learning innovation project at TCD focusing on the creation of reusable learning resources for use in the teaching of history of art and architecture.

The project is teaching the student of M.Phil in Irish Art History how to photograph and stitch panoramas. This approach facilitates multiple learning opportunities, from visiting sites and learning how to use the camera and panoramic head, to manipulating images across various programmes.

Collaboration between cultural institutions like museums/historic houses and third-level institutions is not a particularly new phenomenon, but the sharing of e-learning resources is less well developed and this is an area in which the project hopes to build upon. To date animations of UCD's Newman House, Trinity's Douglas Hyde Gallery and the OPW managed Rathfarnham Castle have been completed. "Creating really stimulating resources gives students a glimpse of the potential that 'digital humanities' have to offer" says Dr. O'Donovan. Click here to view this resource >>


Shannon Consortium's Regional Teaching Award Winners Announced

The Regional Award is now in its fourth year, and is a process dedicated to celebrating and showcasing excellence in teaching and learning within the four Third Level institutes which make up the Shannon Consortium: the University of Limerick (UL), Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick Institute of Technology, (LIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee, (ITT).

At a ceremony held in UL r ecently, the recipient of this year's award, Dr David Brancaleone, Critical and Contextual Studies (Fine Art), Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT was commended for his significant contribution to teaching and learning, his unique and innovative teaching techniques, his huge commitment to student learning, and his considerable skill in guiding students to critical learning insights.

The Adjudication Panel, which was composed of international experts in the field of Higher Education, comprised of Prof. Alan Mortiboys, an Independent Educational Consultant, formerly of Birmingham City University, Dr Steve Walsh (University of Newcastle) and Dr Ciara O'Farrell (TCD); Dr Sharon Flynn (NUIG) chaired the meeting.


Check out this NDLR Resource!

If you have found a resource in the NDLR you really like then let us know!

Title: Reusable learning resource for clinical assessment traning

Developer: Dr. Derek O'Keefe University of Limerick

Overview: This resource is a series of clinical video tutorials aimed at developing competence in patient communication, clinical examination and clinical diagnosis.. These resources will be of significant interest to members of the medical community of practice and are being used by medical undergraduate and postgraduate students. Click here to view this resource >>

NDLR News & Events

Call for Submissions now open for the Human Computer Interaction Conference
The Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference 2011 call for Submissions is now open. The conference is being hosted by CIT this September and full papers are due on the 6th May 2011.

Peer Assisted Learning Symposium

The 5th PALNET Symposium on Peer Assisted Learning in the Athlone Institute of Technology on the evening of May 18th and on May 19th 2011. This forum will provide an opportunity for academic staff, support staff and students in higher education in Ireland and beyond to meet and share ideas and best practices about how various peer assisted learning models help students become successful life-long learners and contribute to their transition, retention, progression and completion in higher education.
To register for the 5th PALNET symposium click here.

Game-Based learning symposium on 19th May 2011 in WIT. The purpose of this symposium is to report on the use of GBL in Irish primary, secondary and third-level education, define the roadmap for GBL in Ireland, provide evidence of the effectiveness of GBL to motivate and learn, identify how GBL can be included and facilitated in Irish instructional settings.

OER 2011
Open Education Resources 2011, Manchester Conference Centre 11-13 May

OER11 takes place at the Manchester Conference Centre, in central Manchester. Building on the success of OER10, the programme will consist of a stimulating and engaging mix of over 70 refereed papers, workshops, symposiums and demos all exploring and reflecting on the impact of OER on HE within the conference themes.

Athlone Institute of Technology May 18th and on May 19th 2011.

FACiLiTATE, the Irish Enquiry and Problem Based Learning Network, is delighted to announce its First International Conference entitled: 'Problem Based Learning (PBL): Today & Tomorrow'.
May 26th & 27th, 2011, in Trinity College Dublin.

International Conference: Re-Thinking Technology in Museums 2011: Emerging Experiences University of Limerick, May 26-27 2011
EUNIS 2011 Maintaining a sustainable future for IT in Higher Education

EUNIS 2011 is the 17th Congress in a series of international conferences within the framework of the European University Information Systems organisation (EUNIS). EUNIS affords an excellent opportunity to present and publish contemporary work and practices associated with Information Technology applications in Higher Education Institutions, whether for teaching and learning, administration or research support.

11th DIVERSE International Conference
Dublin City University 28th - 30th June
The main goal for the conference is to enhance the use of visual media in teaching, learning and creative inquiry. To achieve this we are inviting those who produce, use or want to use visual media in their practice, or do research within this area.

Open Repositories 2011
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Centre, Austin, Texas, June 7, 2011 – June 11
What is the role of social interactions within repository technical communities in developing strong, distributed services and cyber-infrastructure to create open access to and preservation of our shared digital heritage? The Sixth Annual International Conference on Open Repositories (OR11) will address that question in Austin, Texas, from June 7-11, 2011, at the AT&T Conference Centre.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Unique Experimental Facilities for International Collaboration in Engineering Education and Research

International Conference on Engineering Education
ICEE-2011 Belfast August 21-26, 2011