Growing Digital

Our Growing Digital seminar event invited participants to consider some key ways in which the worlds of work and education are changing and converging as we move toward an ever-more digitally-enhanced future.

This seminar event took place on May 25th and was hosted by the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in the Munster Technological University (MTU). Our speakers were: Grainne O'Keeffe (Ludgate Digital Hub), Professor Frank Rennie (UHI, Scotland) and Professor Keith Smyth (UHI, Scotland) – full speaker bios below.

The event was emceed by Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin (MTU) and Dr Tom Farrelly (MTU) and was opened by MTU president, Professor Maggie Cusack.

View the gallery from the event at this link

The seminar was a hybrid one with both in-person and online attendees. A small team from the TEL Department, led by Shane Cronin and Brendan Flaherty, worked behind the scenes to ensure our online attendees had a strong sense of presence and "being there" on the day and this is reflected in the quality and standard of the recording below. To find out more about our work to support quality hybrid events and, in particular, hybrid teaching and learning please follow this link.





Grainne O'Keeffe is the CEO of the Ludgate Digital Hub in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Ludgate is Ireland's 1st rural digital hub and has served as a template for other rural towns and villages to consider and develop. In her role as CEO Grainne has led workshops showcasing the benefits of a digital rural economy presenting the Ludgate roadmap as a case study and model. The digital hub offers physical co-shared work space with 1GB connectivity as well as value-add programmes nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to her role at Ludgate, Grainne spent 20 years in the financial services sector building scale and digital transformation across global teams. Her skills and experience are now being leveraged in a rural social enterprise.
Frank Rennie is Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands and Head of Research at Lews Castle College UHI. A natural scientist, he tutors on the MSc in Sustainable Rural Development and the MSc Digital Pedagogy, as well as supervising research students. His main research interests lie in new approaches to online education and the potential benefits of digital networking for rural development. He has been an advisor to several government bodies, is a Fellow of seven learned societies and has published over 36 books.
Keith Smyth is Dean of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Pedagogy at the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he leads on institutional learning and teaching enhancement initiatives and the development of educational research. Keith is interested in co-creative pedagogies, digital and open education practices, and widening regional access. Keith developed the openly licensed 3E Framework for technology-enhanced learning, and is Vice Chair of the Association for Learning Technology.


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