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Wednesday 23rd February 2011

Welcome to the February issue of the NDLR eNewsletter

The NDLR Fest: Annual Showcase for Digital Learning Resources, takes place on March 23rd, in the Science Gallery, Dublin.

This is an event not to be missed for anyone interested in learning more about how your academic peers around the country are using digital learning resources in their teaching practice.

Showcasing NDLR funded digital learning resource projects developed in the past year including:

  • 12 national projects developed by 3 or more collaborating institutions and
  • 147 local projects developed by individuals and groups
  • Opportunity to form potential collaborative networks with your academic peers
  • Announcing 2011 NDLR Call for Funding

The main aim of this event is to showcase the wide array of digital learning resources and associated Teaching and Learning activities that have been generated across all subject disciplines in the Irish HE sector as well as celebrate the collaborative process in which these resources have been developed. Click here to register!


NDLR Fest to be streamed live online!

To accommodate those who cannot travel to Dublin on the 23rd of March the entire event will be streamed live online. The NDLR homepage will be your virtual gateway to the event. And you can join us on the day via Twitter (#ndlrfest)


NDLR Partner Spotlight - Launch of Graduate Training and NI LabVIEW Academy

The LabVIEW Academy was launched this week at Dublin City University (DCU) by the National Instruments (NI) Academic Programme Manager, David Baker, and Dr Dermot Brabazon, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering & Computing.

This Academy represents a significant investment from NI and DCU in student training on the latest data acquisition, analysis and control technologies. The LabVIEW Academy programme, developed by National Instruments, combines face-to-face teaching with hands on lab exercises, preparing students for their future careers by developing their skills in using the visual programming language LabVIEW created by National Instruments.


Annual Showcase LIR

NDLR funded E-Books project to showcase at this year's Annual LIR Seminar! This NDLR funded project follows on from a UL Research Seed Fund and PRTLI4, HEA funded on-going project as part of the Irish Social Sciences Platform.

The 2011 LIR Annual Seminar will take place on Friday March 25th, in The Davenport Hotel, Dublin. The Seminar will analyse the current issues surrounding e-books and their use in Irish Libraries, as well as showcasing developments and experiments in the area. In addition, the Seminar will consider the impact of ebooks for Library users and technology.
A number of highly regarded keynote speakers have been confirmed for the day, including Paul Harwood from JISC Collections, and Sarah Thompson & Steve Sharp from York & Leeds Universities.

KITE project makes Digital Media Awards final

IT Sligo has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious 2011 Satellite Broadband Ireland Digital Media Awards for its role in the KITE (Knowledge and Innovation Transfer in Engineering) project. Click here to view YouTube video


Check out these NDLR Resources!

UCD Para-ID resource website!
This website hosts a collection of parasite images that are of specific importance in the Irish context and are intended for use as a review of the species observed during the practical sessions.

Check out the Infection Prevention and Control National Funded NDLR Project 2010!

Drew Harrision: The use of media to enhance the T&L experience in large group lectures. Click here!

Check out the NDLR Vimeo channel! We have over 186 fantastic resources ready for you to view!

NDLR Training Programme

Sligo IT Webinar Series
Communicating the message: Can presidents make a difference in higher education?
Ferdinand von Prondzynski: Wednesday. February 23, 2011 from 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Assessing Large Groups
Thurs 24th Feb 2.00pm – 4.00pm, DIT

Using 4D Visualisation in Teaching and Learning
Dr. Ronan Hennessey, National University of Ireland, Galway. Tues Mar. 1st 12.30-2.30

Click here for a full list of webinars

Check out our full training programme click here.


NDLR News & Events

NDLR Local Showcase days at IT Tallaght on 8th March and UL on 16th March.

Students and staff at the LYIT School of Tourism produce their own film productions.

Call for papers for The 18th International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics(ALM) in co-operation with the Institute of Technology Tallaght, the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), Ireland and the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning. 26th – 29th June IT Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Conference Theme 'Mathematical Eyes: A Bridge between Adults, the World and Mathematics'. The organisers particularly welcome contributions from members and non-members. Participants are encouraged to use mathematical eyes to highlight current issues, opportunities and challenges for adults learning mathematics in: • the work environment all levels of education • improving public awareness and communication • supporting active citizenship.

Deterring, Detecting and dealing with Student plagiarism in 2011. Jude Carroll Oxford Brookes University, UK.
IT Carlow Friday 25th Feb, 9.00am – 12.45pm Room 204 LRC

EdTech2011 Conference: Announcing Keynote PresentersThe Irish Learning Technology Association are pleased to announce that the 12th Annual Irish Learning Technology Association conference, EdTech 2011, will be held in Waterford Institute of Technology on Wednesday 1st - Thursday 2nd June 2011. This year the keynotes are
Finbarr Bradley, Karlin Lillington and Ewan McIntosh

The call for submissions will be announced on February 21st.

Call for papers from the MERLOTand the Sloan Consortium for submission of proposals for the 4th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, to be held July 11-13, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. The deadline for the proposals has been extended until Monday, February 21, 2011. The Call for Papers can be found here

NAIRTL National Awards for Excellence in Teaching
The 2011 National Awards for Excellence in Teaching initiative is now open and nominators from 38 Higher Education Institutions are invited to submit their completed nomination forms by the May 20th, 2011.

InterFace 2011 -- 27-29 July 2011, University College London
InterFace is a symposium for humanities and technology. In 2011 it is being jointly hosted by colleges across London and will be an invaluable opportunity for participants to visit this active hub of digital scholarship and practice.
Deadline for 150 word submissions is Friday 25th February.
Click here for full details

SCORE event: Institutional strategies for OER - The Open University Nottingham. Date: 11th March 2011. Venue: The Open University Nottingham 'Institutional strategies for OER' will consider a variety of current national and international open educational resource (OER) projects. It will explore the obstacles the projects have faced, and the successes they have won, with a particular focus on the impact of institutional strategy. The event will include an examination of the effect of government policy, and how it encourages or inhibits sector engagement in OER. For further information click here >>

EUNIS 2011 Call for Presentations, Papers and Posters
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). These events attract a large audience from Higher Education institutions, providing opportunity for international specialists, users, researchers, decision-makers and academic teachers from all over Europe and further afield to share their experiences. 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.