Spotlight: Creating a Digital First Campus (Supporting Teaching, Learning and Assessment).

Frances O'Connell, Vice President, Academic Affairs & Registar, AIT
Frances O'Connell, Vice President, Academic Affairs & Registar, AIT

Working Group 8, chaired by Frances O’Connell (AIT) and Marian Duggan (LIT), is responsible for ensuring the new multi-campus TU is a “digital-first organisation”, capable of providing equal access to education on demand.

The new TU is being designed with the needs of the 21st century student in mind. With six locations across four counties, the TU will require a robust, future proofed digital identity and digital infrastructure. This includes equipment, hardware, and software. Strong digital connectivity is essential for delivering equal access for all learners and ensuring a consistent and high-quality educational experience, regardless of physical location.

The new TU will offer a flexible model of learning that includes blended and online programmes. This on demand style of education will facilitate a broader cohort of students, supporting CPD and lifelong learning. The integration of digital technologies will enable more diverse ways of delivering content and communicating with and assessing students.

“A digital-first campus approach will support the overall academic experience and facilitate flexible delivery of education. Preparations are already underway across the campuses to upgrade infrastructure.”

It will also offer students more flexible and engaging ways to learn as well as a higher degree of personalization and learner autonomy. Students will be able to use resources such as the digital library to enable self-directed learning through access to a limitless portal of quality-assured learning resources.

A digital-first campus approach will support the overall academic experience and facilitate flexible delivery of education. Preparations are already underway across the campuses to upgrade infrastructure. In AIT, a campus-wide upgrade project has replaced the legacy wireless system with a new next-generation wireless LAN from Aruba Networks. The new Aruba access points use the latest WiFi6 standards to deliver optimal speeds even when the campus is busy. This first-class IT infrastructure – the first of its kind used in Ireland – will facilitate a dynamic, mobile, and flexible educational experience.

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