17 February 2020 | Learning & Teaching Forum paper

Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Ireland: a national approach

Sharon Flynn, Lewis Purser, Nora Trench Bowles, Julie Byrne, David Hamill, Kevin O’Connor, Rob Lowney, Suzanne Stone, Kate Molloy, David Moloney, Morag Munro, Marian O’Connor, Mairéad O’Reilly, Tom O’Mara, Clíodhna O’Callaghan

Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities is a three year project that aims to mainstream digital in teaching and learning across the seven Irish universities by addressing the professional development of all who teach.


The sectoral project is underpinned by national and European policy objectives and social and economic needs. The direction and activities of the project are based on four underlying principles: that there is substantial existing work and activity in each of the participating universities which should be built upon; that engagement at the level of disciplines is key for meaningful and sustainable change to the practices of individuals and to have an impact on learning; that pedagogy must be privileged over technology; and that student partnership is essential.

A pilot phase of the project runs from June to December 2019, during which staff who teach have the opportunity to reflect on current digital competences, avail of consultation, support and training from the embedded programme supports, and to plan improvements and teaching interventions for the future.


ISSN: 2593-9602

This paper was presented at the 2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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