Fulbright Chair at National College of Ireland, 2007-08

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Presented to the Fulbright Commission Board, Dublin, Ireland, 15 May, 2008

Presented to the Fulbright Commission Board, Dublin, Ireland, 15 May, 2008

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  • 1. Fulbright Chair at National College of Ireland 2007-08 2007-08 2007-08
    • Bertram C. Bruce
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Presented to the Fulbright Commission Board
    • Dublin, Ireland, 15 May, 2008
  • 2. Objectives
    • National College of Ireland
      • Widening participation
      • Supportive learning environment
      • Diversify programme offerings
      • Knowledge Economy skills
      • Research and enterprise culture
    • Seminar for faculty on Inquiry for Action and Understanding
  • 3. Successes
    • Research: Technologies for learning in Docklands & Liberties schools
    • Scholarship: Professional Development Seminars; Fulbright lecture
    • Teaching: Orientation; teaching strategies
    • Organisation: Mission; School of Community Studies; HEA and HETAC approvals; consultation
    • Connections with St Patricks College of Education; Dublin Institute of Technology; Youth Media Forum; Institute of Art, Design, and Technology; Trinity College; Suas Foundation / Bridge to College; Camara; St Andrews Resource Centre; Digital Hub
    • Connections in Europe: Cluj-Napoca, Prato, Halkidiki, Girona
  • 4.  
  • 5. Challenges
    • Organisational flux
    • Communications
    • Housing
  • 6. Cultural experiences
    • Irish schools
    • Openness and chance to influence policy
    • Feminist Walking Tour; Gardiner St Gospel Choir; Round Here ; Cobblestone; Chester Beatty Library; Writer’s Museum; Cultúrlann na hÉireann; Abbey Theatre; Opera; West Cork; Wicklow Mtns
  • 7. Making a difference
    • Myself, learning:
      • (a little) Irish language, literature, history, music, art, politics
      • how to support organisation growth
      • technology for learning
    • NCI: Development as unique third-level institution
    • NCI staff: Growth as scholars and teachers
  • 8. Future collaborations
    • Digital Literacy in Primary Schools (DLIPS)
    • Technology-enhanced learning
    • Journal articles; conferences
    • External examiner
  • 9. Suggestions
    • Housing
    • Communications
    • Web archive: photos, video, stories, database
    • Publicity
    • Continue: Fulbright community; developing common purpose; outstanding support