Pivot in Pandemic – final prep for institute’s fifth biennial seminar


Final preparations are ongoing for the fifth Institute of Technology Carlow biennial seminar on collaboration in higher education, which takes place tomorrow. 

Embracing a topical theme, the seminar’s title is Pivot in Pandemic and will take the form of a webinar, owing to the ongoing pandemic restrictions. The event will explore the various challenges presented and experiences learned in higher education as the sector continues to deliver programmes of study via online platforms. 

Speaking ahead of the seminar, David Denieffe, Vice- President for Academic Affairs and Registrar, Institute of Technology Carlow said:  “This biennial linked provision series is an opportunity for Institute of Technology Carlow to further engage with its partners and provides an opportunity for our linked providers to speak about their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“Reinforcing quality assurance and supporting students through this difficult time are some of the challenges faced by all in higher education. Our linked providers have had additional challenges, including trying to deliver programmes which include significant work and practice integrated elements. This seminar will explore the various challenges and learnings from these experiences, identifying and promoting best practice in the area”, said Mr. Denieffe.

Institute of Technology Carlow’s linked providers are: An Cosán; Carlow College, St. Patrick’s; Dublin Art Therapy College; Gestalt Institute of Ireland; Irish Defence Forces; Irish National Stud and The Tivoli Institute.

Dr. Yvonne Kavanagh, who is the assistant registrar for IT Carlow, will open the seminar with a welcome and outline the agenda before Mr. Denieffe provides the opening address.

The day’s programme will include talks and discussions on topics such as: Challenges facing our learning community in a pandemic; Threats and opportunities of work-based learning in a pandemic; The art of implementing experiential programmes in a pandemic; The effects of pandemic restrictions on clinical training; A two-pronged logistical challenge: Brexit and the pandemic; Converting a problem into an opportunity; Quality assurance-linked provision - Covid-19 pivot.

Speakers will include: Ms Mairead Boland, QQI; Lt Col David Fitzpatrick, Irish Defence Forces; Ms Patricia Norris, Gestalt Institute of Ireland; Ms Janet Murray, Tivoli Institute; Dr Thomas Murray, An Cosán; Dr Siobhan Ryan, Quality Assurance and Collaborations Officer. Mr Mark Coffey, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; Ms Jean Strong, Ms Adrienne O’Shea, Mr John Hutchinson and Ms Helen May from Dublin Art Therapy College.

The seminar will end with a Q&A panel discussion chaired by Mr. Denieffe.

Pictured at the last IT Carlow biennial seminar, from left:  Lt Col Rory McCorley, Registrar, Irish Defence Forces; Anne Meaney, Head of Extended Campus, IT Carlow; Capt Emer O’Kelly, Assistant Registrar, Irish Defence Forces.