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Welcome to the October issue of the NDLR eNewsletter

This month, the NDLR training programme is fully underway – since the beginning of September until the end of this month, there will be 36 workshops or information sessions across NDLR partner institutions.

Dr. Lawrence C. RaganWe are also delighted to announce the ILTA/NDLR joint Autumn School (supported by IT Sligo Webinar Series and in conjunction with the NAIRTL / LIN conference). The Autumn School offers an engaging afternoon of workshops led by two highly accomplished speakers, Dr. Lawrence C. Ragan Director-Faculty Development for Penn State's World Campus and Michael Martin, Manager of IBEC's Irish Software Innovation Network. Michael Martin

The Autumn School will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) on October 7th 2010, directly following the NAIRTL/LIN conference. You can register for this event at http://ilta-ndlr-aut10.eventbrite.com/.

And to round off this month of October, and following the successful pilot Teaching and Learning Webinar Series (http://sligolearning.blogspot.com/) and with funding support from NDLR and the core team, IT Sligo will shortly be announcing the launch of two further webinar series, one in "Teaching and Learning" and one in "Learning Technologies". It will consist of around six 40-minute webcasts form an array of Irish and international speakers. If you have any suggestions for speakers, please submit them to http://bit.ly/8ZmMCm


NDLR Partner Spotlight

This month our Partner Spotlight is on NUI Galway and the NAIRTL funded Paisage project, recently launched on the 27th September to coincide with the European Day of Languages.

This exciting language project, focusing on the socio-cultural relationships between Irish and Spanish, has resulted in a number of video resources and exercises for levels A, B and C of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR). These resources will soon be available in the NDLR and can be accessed currently at www.youtube.com/user/gaeilgespainnis and from the NDLR SMART CoP for Modern Languages. Find out more

NUI Galway Partner Spotlight


NDLR News and Events

A new collection has been added to the NDLR repository entitled: Delivering Systemic Change: SIF1. This collection is home to documentation relating to SIF1 projects undertaken by a number of institutions and would be useful to anyone interested in applying for funding. Find out more

The NDLR are delighted to offer all partners the free use of the NDLR Elluminate virtual meeting/training room from your desktop. Elluminate is a user-friendly web conferencing tool that allows participants to interact in real time over regular Internet connections. Find out more

On Culture Night (24 September 2010), the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) Limerick chapter organised a design workshop titled "Connected Limerick", aimed at exploring the various connections between the city and its digital cloud. Find out more

A new Bachelor of Arts Honours (level 8) is underway at DKIT, combining elective arts modules with a mandatory core programme in Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities (also referred to as 'Humanities Computing') is the field where the disciplines of the Arts/Humanities and ICT (Information & Communication Technology) intersect. Find out more

UCD Media Services have combined their media and educational technology workshops in a (non-accredited) certificate in a educational technology. The certificate is available to UCD academics, support staff and postgraduate students. Find out more


NDLR Resource of the Month

Title: MyRI project - bibliometrics training materials
Online Learning Resources to Support Bibliometrics and Research Assessment.

Four Irish academic libraries are collaborating to produce bibliometrics awareness and training
materials as part of the NDLR funded LINCS initiative. The four participating libraries are: University College Dublin; Dublin City University, National University of Ireland Maynooth and Dublin Institute of

Deliverables include an online tutorial, worksheets, posters, booklets, and multimedia elements. Materials will be editable wherever possible and as well as a generic package, exemplars of adapting and using the materials for Computer Science and Geography will also be delivered.

Please click here to view more information about this project, which should have materials available by year end.

Learning Resource Projects


Check out these NDLR Resources

1. How to Podcast
2. Whose learning is it anyway?' Problem Based Learning for Language Learning Materials Development
3. eBook for International Technical Communication: Designing for International Audiences
4. Part Completed Triple Expansion Engine Model
5. Introducing Data Mining using Rapidminer - Video Series
6. Scratch resource on Methods
7. Problem Based Learning for Front Line Managers

8. Bioinformatics - Dot Plot

9. The development of online assessment in the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a replacement for traditional written assessment

10. Evaluation of Teaching in HE - Peer Observation and Video Analysis

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


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