Blackboard is IADT’s course management system also known as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It supports and complements teaching and student learning at IADT.
Lecturers can use the VLE to deliver course material online, while students can access course content, communicate with lecturers as well as participating in online assessments, discussions and evaluations. All the students and staff in IADT are enrolled on Blackboard. Students are automatically enrolled on the relevant modules in Blackboard when they register on Banner.
Students and staff have access to their own courses and few cross institute Blackboard courses. You can access Blackboard through the same username and password you use to access the Institute computer network.
IADT connects to a wider elearning audience
As part of Strategic Innovation funding IADT is one of the four IOTs in the Dublin area as well as the four Universities in the Dublin area that participates in the Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance http://www.drhea.ie/.
As part of the Enhancement of Learning Strand an ELearning Network of Excellence was established. The main objectives of the ELearning Network of Excellence are to:
- Establish a co-coordinated eLearning and instructional design network across the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA)
- Implement online collaboration and develop peer-learning tools to support in the teaching of large groups and in the delivery of a flexible curriculum and trans institutional graduate and doctoral programmes.
Flexible learning is another SIF funder project developed by the 14 Institutes of Technology and the IOTI. It provides access to over 350 modules and courses. Through the portal Bluebrick http://www.bluebrick.ie/ learners of all ages and aptitudes can search, compare and apply for career-focused programmes to meet their individual needs.
As part of this SIF project IADT ran a Creative Writing course. Katie Donovan was the lecturer and a number of students were shortlisted for a competition in Dun Laoghaire called Prose on the Pier.