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Surviving & Thriving in the Online Space - the experiences of Staff and Students

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  • Irish Universities Association

Abstract

The Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning (EDTL) project is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teaching and learning process. It involves the seven universities of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and commenced in January 2019. In March 2020, most of the project team members were pulled into frontline technology support, as all higher education teaching, learning and assessment moved online. Recognising that a more blended provision of teaching was necessary for September 2020, the EDTL project team rapidly re-focused its activities, collaborating across institutions to develop shared resources, based on the existing project work, with a focus on pedagogy first and with the student at the very centre. The outcome of this response is the EDTL Approach for effective remote teaching. We will share our experiences on the development of the EDTL approach with a focus on the perspectives of both staff and students in managing the challenges of the remote context and the resources developed with a key focus on optimizing the student learning experience.
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