Previous Research Projects
Knowledge Economy Skills Passport (KESP)
KESP is a HETAC accredited Programme designed to deliver the core competencies and business skills needed for the Knowledge Economy. It is a special purpose award at level 6 of the Framework and delivered using an innovative blended learning model. KESP was funded by FAS and delivered to just under 400 work based learners in 2007-2009.
The Know IT Programme
Know IT is a beginners computer course. Know IT encourages learners to take their first steps in learning about computers and concentrates on everyday practical tasks such as writing an email, exploring the internet or simple word processing. Know IT is an e-learning course delivered via CD and is a FETAC accredited course at level 3. Know IT was funded by FAS and delivered to over 1000 learners during the period 2006-2009.
Digital Literacy in Irish Primary Schools (DLIPS) 2007-2009
The aim of the Dlips project was to look at digital literacy in the context of the Irish primary education sector. Our objective was to investigate the use and impact of digital media practices in a sample of 4 DEIS Primary Schools. This project was funded by the Department of Education and Science and was carried in partnership with the Digital Hub Development Agency, the Education Research Centre and the University of Glasgow.
Technology in Docklands Education (TIDE) 2008
National College of Ireland secured funding from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) to undertake a feasibility study into the current use of technology in schools in the Docklands area. Two areas of need in particular were highlighted: technical support and using technologies for learning. Researchers worked with 26 schools in the Docklands area over the period December 2007- May 2008 and produced a report with recommendations for this area.