National Digital Learning Resources

Type: Media Development Year: 2012 Partners:  Higher Education Authority, IOTI



The Need:

The mission of the National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR) is "to promote and support Higher Education sector staff in the collaboration development and sharing of learning resources and associated teaching practices". The NDLR also provides a repository platform for the storage, search and retrieval of shared resources and a Community Portal to showcase and support communication and collaboration across subject areas and institutions.

The Solution:

CIT has developed a variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources) for the NDLR (National Digital Learning Resources) initiative both on a local level and on an inter-institutional level:

The Local Innovation Projects (LIPS) are “local” institutional projects to allow for the creation of reusable resources to support teaching and learning. LIPs projects created by CIT include:

  • A set of instructional videos to demonstrate tasks restaurant and bar tasks related to the Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism sectors in order to help students in developing core skills.
  • An interactive web-based application to provide the learner with reinforcement of specific key concepts in Mathematics and practice based on these concepts.
  • A resource to explain the potential benefits of web 2.0 tools to lecturers including a list of common web 2.0 tools, the benefits and types of tools and their use.

The Learning Innovation Community Support Projects (LInCS) are inter-institutional projects to develop larger scale reusable learning resources. LInCS projects created by CIT include:

  • A set of video demonstrations and walkthroughs to support learning in the area of Exercise to Music with particular attention paid to group exercise and choreography.
  • A set of video-based reusable learning objects for mixed and face-to-face delivery created in order to facilitate learning in physical exercise and conditioning.
  • A set of resources for “mCSI (Mobile: Connected Support for Inquiry)” - utilizing mobile phones and QR codes to enhance learning by creating mediated and augmented reality learning scenarios where learners are required to use their mobile devices to complete or progress their task, solve problems or accomplish a goal while gathering of real-time data.
  • A set of media-rich training tools featuring videos outlining exercises for body conditioning and group exercise as well as a set of animated resources for advanced anatomical analysis and assessment tools for same.
  • A set of basic “micro animations” developed for online and in-class use which illustrate and explain some key concepts in pedagogical/learning theory, addressing concepts such as learning transfer and variants thereof, classical or Pavolvian conditioning, etc.

Who's Who?

The NDLR is a HEA funded pilot project between Irish Universities and the Institutes of Technology to support the collaboration and sharing of learning and teaching resources. A key impact of the NDLR service is to support individual, group and community HE sector staff in the collaboration and sharing of digital learning resources and associated teaching practices across all subject disciplines in all Irish HE Institutions.


CIT Entry on NDLR website:

To find out more about some of the older Cork Institute of Technology’s NDLR projects, visit the NDLR web site here.

NDLR Animated Feature

Welcome to the NDLR Service... from NDLR on Vimeo.

CIT LInCS Project 2011 - Body Conditioning through Group Exercise

LInCS Project 7 2011- Body Conditioning through Group Exercise and Advanced Anatomical Analysis - Intro from NDLR on Vimeo.

CIT LInCS Project 2011 - Mobile: Connected Support for Inquiry

LInCS Project 1 2011- mCSI (Mobile: Connected Support for Inquiry) - Intro Video from NDLR on Vimeo.

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