Fulbright Chair at National College of Ireland, 2007-08

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

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Fulbright Chair at National College of Ireland, 2007-08

  1. 1. Fulbright Chair at National College of Ireland 2007-08 2007-08 2007-08 <ul><li>Bertram C. Bruce </li></ul><ul><li>University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign </li></ul><ul><li>Presented to the Fulbright Commission Board </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin, Ireland, 15 May, 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>National College of Ireland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Widening participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supportive learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversify programme offerings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge Economy skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and enterprise culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seminar for faculty on Inquiry for Action and Understanding </li></ul>
  3. 3. Successes <ul><li>Research: Technologies for learning in Docklands & Liberties schools </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship: Professional Development Seminars; Fulbright lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching: Orientation; teaching strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Organisation: Mission; School of Community Studies; HEA and HETAC approvals; consultation </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Connections in Europe: Cluj-Napoca, Prato, Halkidiki, Girona </li></ul>
  4. 5. Challenges <ul><li>Organisational flux </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul>
  5. 6. Cultural experiences <ul><li>Irish schools </li></ul><ul><li>Openness and chance to influence policy </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  6. 7. Making a difference <ul><li>Myself, learning: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(a little) Irish language, literature, history, music, art, politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how to support organisation growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technology for learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NCI: Development as unique third-level institution </li></ul><ul><li>NCI staff: Growth as scholars and teachers </li></ul>
  7. 8. Future collaborations <ul><li>Digital Literacy in Primary Schools (DLIPS) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology-enhanced learning </li></ul><ul><li>Journal articles; conferences </li></ul><ul><li>External examiner </li></ul>
  8. 9. Suggestions <ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Web archive: photos, video, stories, database </li></ul><ul><li>Publicity </li></ul><ul><li>Continue: Fulbright community; developing common purpose; outstanding support </li></ul>

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