Headlines In this issue: LIN 2011 Call for Abstracts - Update


Headlines In this issue: LIN 2011 Call for Abstracts - Update


LIN Conference 2011Call for Abstracts

Douglas Thomas to present Keynote address for LIN 2011

Eye on IT Carlow

LIN 2011 Call for Abstracts

Enhancing the Learning Experience:

Learning for an

Unknown Future (Barnett,


LIN Conference 27 October


Call for papers and posters

The Learning Innovations 4 th

Annual Conference takes

place in DIT Bolton St on 27

October 2011. The conference

theme is Enhancing the

Learning Experience: Learning

for an Unknown Future

(Barnett, 2004) and there

are three sub themes:

The first year experience

Diversity of the learner


Staff development for

learning / Innovation in

teaching and learning

The conference will have a

keynote speaker and then

papers. Each paper session is

15 minutes long with 5

minutes for questions. Posters

will be displayed and are

to be A1 size.

This is the call for abstracts.

We are seeking 300 word

abstracts on the theme or

sub-theme of the conference

for either papers or

posters. We are particularly

interested in papers that

reflect practice and issues of

the Institutes of Technology/

DIT in relation to the


The Learning Innovation

Network (LIN) is the network

of academic professionals

from higher education that

support academic professional

development (APD)

for staff in the Irish higher

education sector. The LIN

conference running since

2008 provides a forum for

practice and theory in higher

education to meet.

The conference keynote

speaker is Douglas Thomas

and his talk is Cultivating the

Imagination in a World of

Constant Change: Learning

Strategies for an Unknown

Future. For more information

on the keynote

speaker please see the conference


Abstract submission is

through the online conference

system, which can be

accessed through

www.lin.ie. Please register

and submit your abstract

there by 30 June. Abstracts

will be peer-reviewed and

you will know by 20 August

if your paper or poster has

been accepted. If accepted

for a paper participants will

be asked to submit a 2500 -

3000 word paper by 15 October.

If you are interested in reviewing

abstracts for the

conference please indicate

that when you register. Reviewers

have to be available

to complete the review process

by 5 August 2011.

We look forward to receiving

the abstracts and an interesting

and stimulating

conference this coming October.

Important dates

30 June 2011 Submission of


20 August 2011 Notification

of acceptance of paper or


15 October 2011 Submission

of paper /poster (pdf), author

biography and photograph

for conference website

27 October 2011 Conference

In this issue:

Headlines 1

Call for Abstracts 1

Keynote Speaker 2

Conference Location


Eye on IT Carlow 3

Keynote Speaker

Douglas Thomas has been a professor

at the Annenberg School for Communication

and Journalism at the University

of Southern California since 1993. He is

the author or editor of five books, including

his most recent work A New

Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination

for a World of Constant

Change (with co-author John Seely


During his time at USC, he has focused

his research on radical cultures of

learning at the intersections of technology

and culture, beginning with the

underground worlds of computer hackers

and virus writers. He has studied

the open source programming community

as well as a decade long ethnographic

research project of the culture

learning in and around computer


In addition to studying gamers and

gamer culture, Professor Thomas

worked with colleagues at USC and

Indiana University to design and produce

two educational video games as

well: The Redistricting Game (with

Chris Swain, USC) that allowed players

to understand and analyze the inner

workings of political redistricting and

gerrymandering and Modern Prometheus

(with Sasha Barab, IU), an interactive

retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,

which helped students understand

and analyze ethical decision making

in the world of technology and science.

His research has been supported by the

MacArthur Foundation, the Lounsbery

Foundation, and the Annenberg Center

at USC, and focuses on the transformation

of learning, knowledge, education

and global civic engagement in the

digital age. He is founding editor of

Games & Culture: A Journal of Interactive

Media, a quarterly international

journal that aims to publish innovative

theoretical and empirical research

about games and culture within the

context of interactive media. His books

include: Hacking Culture (University of

Minnesota Press, 2002), a study of the

cultural, social, and political dimensions

of computer hacking, Reading Nietzsche

Rhetorically (Guilford Press,

1998), an examination of the role of

representation in the philosophy of

Friedrich Nietzsche, Technological Visions:

The Hopes and Fears that Shape

New Technologies (with Marita Sturken

and Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Temple UP,

2004) and Cybercrime: Law Enforcement,

Security and Surveillance in the

Information Age (with Brian D. Loader;

Routledge, 2000. His current projects

include Power, Play, and Performance:

Studying Virtual Worlds, an examination

of player culture and community in

massively multiplayer online games and

Play and Politics: Games, Civic Engagement,

and Social Activism.

Douglas Thomas—LIN 2011 Keynote


LIN Conference Location— Bolton Street Campus, DIT

One of DIT’s most historic buildings,

Bolton Street, was specifically designed

and built for technical and technological

education in 1911, on the site of

what was once the European Hotel.

Since then, and up to the present

day, it has been a centre of leading

edge technological education in the

Faculties of the Built Environment and

of Engineering. Located in Dublin’s

north inner city, Bolton Street is within

minutes of shopping areas in Henry

Street and Parnell Street, as well as the

old city markets and the newly refurbished

Smithfield. Among the facilities

provided on campus are the gymnasium

in Linenhall, which is equipped with

resistance and cardiovascular training

equipment, and the multi-purpose

sports hall in Bolton Street.

Map indicating Conference location—Bolton Street Campus, DIT

Page 2 May 2011

ON IT Carlow

IT Carlow takes Lead on Re-positioning Assessment for Learning

Carlow was lead on the SIF 2 ERA Re-positioning Assessment for Learning Project in collaboration with DKIT, ITB and ITT.

Nine projects across 6 disciplines redesigned, implemented and evaluated new assessment practices in 2010

Page 3 May 2011

NDLR projects @ IT Carlow

Eight projects received funding for local and national NDLR

Learning Resource Projects in 2010/11. Check out resources

developed by academic staff at Carlow

Nicola Cantwell - The Virtual Pharmacy A collection of resources

which can be used by pharmacy technician students

as revision/study aids created with Articulate


Owen Brady - Production Line Design & Control for Business

Students A resource for operations management created

with Flip video http://vimeo.com/20781646

Susan Brennan & Martin Meagher - FASTER: Bank Reconciliation

Statements. A resource for financial accounting

students created with Articulate


For more information on NDLR Projects contact

Damien Raftery, e Learning Development

Officer Damien.Raftery@itcarlow.ie

IT Carlow Students Achieving Success in 2010/11

Henry Hickey graduated with the highest

achieving marks on the Higher Certificate

in Construction and was also

awarded “The 2010 BAM Contractors /

CIOB –Student of the Year

Award”. This award is sponsored by

BAM Contractors in conjunction with

The Chartered Institute of Building


Academic Scholarships


On Tuesday, 22nd March 2011, IT Carlow

was delighted to present 44 talented

students with Academic Scholarships

across a range of courses. These

Academic Scholarships were awarded

to students who achieved the highest

Leaving Certificate/FETAC points score

in their chosen course at IT Carlow.

It was a special evening of achievement

with representatives from counties all

over Ireland, including Carlow, Waterford,

Kerry, Kildare, Wexford, Laois,

Dublin, Galway, Monaghan, Cork and


Research on Teaching & Learning

Two research papers have been published recently by IT Carlow academics:

Monks, Alan (2010) 'Adapted PBL practical exercises: benefits for apprentices',

Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 62: 4, 455 — 466


O’Broin D & Raftery D (2011) ‘Using Google Docs to Support Project-based Learning’

All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, (AISHE-J) 3



“The outcome was very encouraging

and indicates

that the adapted PBL format,

significantly developed

and refined, is worth

pursuing as a delivery

strategy option for apprentice

course provision.”

TLC joins forces with the Army

The Army is developing a BA in Military Studies in partnership with IT Carlow.

The programme will develop the knowledge, skills and competencies of soldiers

and airmen.

A team from the Teaching and Learning Centre facilitated a series of workshops

with the Defence Forces on curriculum design and writing learning outcomes.

Page 4 May 2011

Deterring Plagiarism – LIN workshop

Jude Carroll’s Key Points for Deterring Plagiarism:

Design out the easy cheating options by changing essay/ assessment task every year

Change your assessment to coursework that integrates theory, practice and experience

Teach academic writing skills and practice them with students before assessment

Use a range of strategies to identify ‘not the student’s own work’

Institute policies and procedures are fair, fast and efficient

Jude Carroll an expert on plagiarism was a recent speaker in IT Carlow’s International Educator

Series – this particular workshop was sponsored by LIN.

Academic Staff Learning and Teaching Graduates 2010

Over the last four years 70% of academic

staff at IT Carlow have participated

in CPD workshops and seminars.

These campus-wide events bring lecturers

together to share ideas across subjects

and disciplines. They also help lecturers

to enhance their teaching skills,

to expand their repertoire of teaching

and assessment methods, and to gain

new perspectives on teaching, learning

and curriculum design.

In 2010 sixteen academic staff graduated

with PG Cert and Diplomas in 3 rd

level Learning and Teaching from DIT

and NUIM.

For more information on Teaching and Learning initiatives at IT Carlow contact:

Anne Carpenter, Coordinator Teaching & Learning Centre Anne.Carpenter@itcarlow.ie

Damien Raftery, eLearning Development Officer Damien.Raftery@itcarlow.ie

Page 5

Date for your Diary October 27th

LIN Conference 2011— DIT Bolton Street

Enhancing the Learning Experience: Learning for an Unknown Future

(Barnett, 2004)

The first year experience

Diversity of the learner experience

Staff development for learning / Innovation in teaching and learning


Cultivating the Imagination in a World of Constant Change: Learning Strategies

for an Unknown Future by Douglas Thomas

Closing date for abstracts June 30th 2011 (see page 1)

For more information go to www.lin.ie or mail lin@ioti.ie


Supporting Academic Professional Development

+353 (0)1 7082920


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