The National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University, the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA), and the New Media Consortium (NMC) have launched a collaboration to conduct research and publish a regional analysis that describes the emerging technologies, trends, and challenges that will impact higher education in Ireland. The first ever NMC Horizon Project Ireland will produce the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook > Ireland Higher Education, which will be released in March 2015 and jointly distributed free-of-charge, under a Creative Commons license.

With Dublin-based industry giants such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt enhancing Ireland’s reputation as the “Silicon Valley of Europe”, the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook > Ireland Higher Education will highlight technological advances in third level education in Ireland.

The NIDL, ILTA, and NMC have forged this relationship on their shared mission of integrating modern approaches and technologies into teaching and learning. Upon its release, the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook > Ireland Higher Education will become a foundation of research that supports education transformation throughout Ireland.

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 1.30.27 PM“Our collaboration with the ILTA and NMC is a strong step toward advancing contemporary models of teaching and learning in Irish higher education,” said Professor Mark Brown, Director for the NIDL. “The findings of this report, drawing on the collective expertise of leading Irish educators, will contribute to better understanding of how to take advantage of state-of-the-art new digital technologies that is based on world-class research.”

“This initiative will contribute a unique Irish perspective to inform the wider NMC Horizon Project by drawing on the experience and insights of national technology-enhanced learning experts” says Paul Gormley, Director of ILTA. “Employing the globally-applied NMC research methodology will offer exciting opportunities to identify commonalities and regional differences in higher education research and practice across an increasingly global landscape. The NIDL, ILTA and NMC collaboration could not be more timely in providing this comparative evidence-base.”

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 1.31.38 PM“The NMC’s cooperation with forward-thinking organizations such as the NIDL and ILTA is crucial to identifying which technologies, trends, and challenges are and will be impacting Irish institutions and practice in the next five years,” said NMC Chief Executive Officer, Larry Johnson. “We are looking forward to focusing our lens on Ireland and analyzing the unique technological and learning landscape of Irish universities.”

The report will apply the process developed for the NMC Horizon Project, with a focus on identifying and describing emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in universities and colleges across Ireland. Beginning in November 2014, an expert panel of leaders in Irish third-level education will engage in discussions in a collaborative, virtual workspace to determine the top 12 developments in educational technology, along with nine key trends and nine significant challenges that will have the deepest impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry over the next five years. These 30 topics will then be further researched and detailed with in-practice examples from Irish institutions and educational programs in the 2015 NMC Technology Outlook > Ireland Higher Education.

To view the expert panel’s progress throughout the project, visit http://ireland.wiki.nmc.org/.

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About the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University
The National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) aims to be a world leader at the forefront of designing, implementing, and evaluating contemporary models of teaching and learning. It has a mission of transforming lives and societies through listening, linking, and leading for a better future. The NIDL is committed to providing strategic leadership, building strong communities of practice, and enabling and contributing to world-class research. We support a comprehensive suite of professional development opportunities in digital learning, from workshops to advanced postgraduate study. To learn more about the (NIDL), visit: http://dcu.ie/nidl/index.shtml

About the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA)
The Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) [http://ilta.ie] is an independent voluntary community of professionals committed to the development and exchange of knowledge by sharing expertise and the promotion of best practice in technology-enhanced learning in education. It achieves this by conducting and commissioning national research projects, hosting the annual EdTech national conference, publishing the open access TEL Ireland Journal, and co-sponsoring the Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning with DCU. To learn more about the ILTA, visit http://ilta.ie/

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