Last week was a bit of a whirlwind of activity for me. As well as being one of the organisers for the latest iteration of #BYOD4L, and running a number of drop in sessions throughout the week here at GCU, I was also in Sligo on Thursday and Friday giving a keynote at Sligo Institute of Technology’s Learning and Teaching Symposium.
I was very impressed to hear about the way fully online delivery has been developing at the Institute of Technology Sligo. They now have 55 fully online courses, nearly half their staff teaching on fully online courses, and are one of Ireland’s largest providers of online learning. This has all been done from a very small beginnings with a very bottom up, pragmatic approach. Now their online courses are beginning to generate some considerable income, they are investing back into staff development and infrastructure which is always good to hear. I think we could all learn a lot from their approach, and I’ll certainly be keeping in touch.