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Getting to grips with Google Drive

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Jan 16, 2019.

Image source  DCU are big users of Google Drive and although I have used it in the past I have not used it extensively, so it’s been a steep learning curve over the last few months getting to grips with it! However now that I have I think it is really useful. Google drive consists of [...]

ICDE World Conference on Online Learning

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Jan 15, 2019.

I am delighted to be on the local organising committee for the ICDE’s World Conference on Online Learning which DCU are hosting 3rd -7th November 2019. The conference will be located in the renowned Conference Centre Dublin in the heart of the city. We have been actively promoting the conference in a variety of ways: through [...]

Free photos

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Jan 11, 2019.

Image source  Pictures in presentations, articles or blog posts are useful in a number of respects: they can compliment the text, they can convey emotion or they can be motivational. Furthermore, they are great for grabbing attention and getting a massage across. The age old statement, a picture is worth a 1,000 words is very true. I [...]

Innovating Pedagogy Report 2019

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Jan 11, 2019.

The Open University UK produce an annual Innovating Pedagogy Report, which explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment. It considers ten innovations which are likely to have a significant impact on education. The report quotes Downes: The core of learning is found not in what is defined in the curriculum, but in how teachers help students discover [...]

An augmented 7Cs of Learning Design framework

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Dec 19, 2018.

Image source I have recently been looking at Learning Design frameworks to see if they can be combined to form a holistic Learning Design framework. This builds on UNESCO’s four pillars of education: (learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be). As well as Chickering and Gamson’s 7 principles of [...]

Teaching and Learning Away Day

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Dec 19, 2018.

Last week we had a very productive teaching and learning away day. The aim was to reflect on the current ways in which we design and support our DCU Connected students. A background document was circulated prior to the meeting, which collated various Learning Design frameworks. We identified two overarching themes to improving our teaching [...]

EENEE presentation

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Nov 29, 2018.

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Good practice in PhD writing

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Nov 13, 2018.

Image source I have been reading and examining a lot of PhDs recently (4 in as many weeks!) and this has got me to reflect on some principles of good practice. Doing a PhD is a significant undertaking and dominates the person’s life for a number of years, so it is important that this adventure isn’t [...]

The ABC Learning Design Workshop

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Nov 13, 2018.

Mark Glynn (who heads up our Teaching Enhancement Unit) and colleagues are involved in an Eramis+ project, ABC Learning Design. Last Thursday I attended one of the project’s workshops. I was aware of the ABC work and have recently written something about it for a chapter in Helen Beetham and Rhona Sharpes 3rd Edition of [...]

The future of education: design, literacies and digital technologies

By Gráinne from e4innovation. Published on Oct 26, 2018.

Today I am doing a keynote at University College North, Aalborg, Denmark. This is timely as along with Mark Brown and Miroslav Beblavy (from CEPS) I am involved in an EU-commissioned report on best practices in the use of digital technologies and the future of education in Europe. It’s been a long time in the [...]

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