TLC Newsletter

Newsletter - March 2020


Success is counted sweetest

by Emily Dickinson (US poet, 1830-1886)


Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of victory

As he defeated – dying –
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

Reflection: we talk a lot about ‘student success’; but do we need to experience failure to taste success and, if so, what might this mean for our students…?

Poem Source: [accessed 27 February 2020]

Newsletter - March 2020


It’s March 2020 and our next newsletter. Spring has sprung and we will continue to share with you every month some considerations for your teaching practice, some design and tech resources and a calendar of upcoming T&L events. But we’ve also reserved a place for your valuable input; we would love to hear about what you are doing in your classroom to help your learners learn and, with your permission, to share this in subsequent editions, thereby building a community of learners.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

The TLC team

Learning, Design & Technology Resources

(Resources for consideration)

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Padlet is a free online bulletin board that enables people to easily post their thoughts on a topic. Students can use Padlet as a Collaboration tool live in class posting text comments, uploading photos and linking to videos, with online access to the Padlet afterwards. You can access via a browser or the Padlet app (IOS or Android). Padlet has recently event got more useful in the classroom, allowing you to draw on posts, record and post audio and video directly, search google from within a post and share what you find, and lots more. A Padlet can be easily shared and even used as a simply ePortfolio, with password protection and easy copying.

Go to Padlet website







For a good example (from on how to use Padlet to create an interactive world map – check out this video

MS Teams

Microsoft Teams brings everything together in a shared workspace where you can chat, meet, share files and work with apps. Get your team on the same page with group chat, online meetings, calling, and web conferencing. Collaborate on files with built-in Office 365 apps like Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

What is Microsoft Teams? – check out this video

How do I access MS Teams here in IT Carlow? – check out this video

Supporting Students with Dyslexia : additional resources

Supporting Students with Dyslexia

Following on from a very positive workshop on Supporting Students with Dyslexia, facilitated by Caoimhe O’Malley, from the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, please find below some additional resources and apps as kindly provided by Caoimhe:


iPad apps for learners with Dyslexia – click here

Android apps for learners with Dyslexia - click here

iPad Apps for Learners with Dyscalculia/Numeracy Difficulties – click here

AHEAD’s book “You’re actually a good writer” – click here

For more information on Universal Design for Learning go to

Teaching in a Digital Age by Tony Bates : Second edition

Teaching in a Digital Age










The second edition of Teaching in a Digital Age by Tony Bates is available here

Teaching and Learning Reflections

(Items to consider for your teaching practice)

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Don’t just reflect on what others are saying…reflect on your own thinking and fill in the gaps of this inner dialogue…(and if you to wish send us your reflections, we will publish them in next month’s edition)

  • Teaching for me is...
  • The best thing about teaching is..
  • I prefer my learning environment to be...
  • Assessment, for me, means...
  • Learning should be...
  • I expect my learners to be...
  • My learners can expect me to be...
  • If I could change one thing in higher education, it would be...

Calendar of Events

(Upcoming Teaching and Learning Events)

Calendar of Events







Green Campus Workshop : Integrating Sustainability into Teaching and Learning Strategies

Green Campus Workshop









  • Venue: IT Carlow
  • Room: L205
  • Date: Wednesday March 11th (11.00-15.30)

For more information contact:


eduCore – Lightning Talks

eduCore – Lightning Talks






eduCORE is IT Carlow’s recently launched CORE for educational research. One of our aims is to foster collaboration across all fields and to support and engage staff and postgraduate students in research activities. With this in mind throughout March we are hosting a series of Lightning Talks; these are bite size talks from a range of our experienced researchers, all from different theoretical backgrounds. Each session will include two 15 minute talks on an informal drop-in basis.

  • Room: A204
  • Time: 1.00 - 1.30
  • Dates:
    • Monday March 02nd
    • Tuesday March 10th
    • Tuesday March 24th
    • Monday March 30th

Please get in touch if you are interested in discussing your own research, or a particular project for up to 15 mins as one of our lightning speakers.


Open Education Week

Open Education Week




  • Venue: Online Webinars
  • Date: Monday 2nd to Friday 6th March

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement, aiming to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide, the free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere. We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning for personal interest, or looking for teaching resources.

EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network) is offering 6 webinars as part of the Open Education Week. Participation is free and open.

For more information, go to

National Forum Series

National Forum Series



The National Seminar Series gives those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to focus on shared interests in both the research and practice of teaching and learning enhancement. The series also creates opportunities to hear from national and international experts in different areas of teaching and learning.

Themes included in upcoming seminars include:

  • Free Resources for Courses (IT Sligo - 4th Mar)
  • The "What", "Why" and "How" of Technology-Enhanced Assessment (DCU - 05th Mar)
  • Creating Learning Analytics to Understand and Describe Student Activity (GMIT - 13th Mar)
  • What lies at the Heart of Education (WIT - 14th Mar)

And there are lots more, so check out the full list of NF Seminars for 2019/2020 here

EdTech 2020

EdTech 2020



  • Venue: UCC
  • Date: Thursday May 28 and Friday May 29 2020
  • Theme: Beyond 2020: Sustainability, Evolution and Impact

ILTA and University College Cork are delighted to announce that the theme for EdTech2020 is Beyond 2020: Sustainability, Evolution and Impact.

The call for papers will be announced shortly – if you are interested in applying and looking for information on a draft abstract contact Damien, email:

For further event information, go to

Academic Support Sessions

The Academic Support sessions will continue in March.

All students are welcome to the drop-in sessions on:

  • Maths Support
  • Academic Writing - Specific Support through March...(see details below)

Academic Writing

Academic Writing



The schedule is posted on the TLC Student Hub on Blackboard, on the notice boards of different faculties and outside of room A204.

Collaborate - Virtual Classrooms for you in IT Carlow

The Collaborate Couch to 5k programme was designed, developed and launched in September 2019. It is all on-line, available anytime, allowing you to learn at your own pace.  Now, we’ve blended the programme with a Collaborate Bootcamp!

The Bootcamp is a face-to-face classroom based session, providing hands-on support to bring you through the entire Collaborate Couch to 5K programme, from absolute beginner to proficient user. It will support you to get up and running and enable you to use Collaborate Virtual Classroom effectively with your learners. 

The face-to-face bootcamp sessions took place in November and December 2019.

If you wish to enquire about further face-to-face bootcamp classroom sessions or would like additional support in starting to use virtual classrooms with your learners, contact

Over To You

TEL (Technology-Enchanced Learning) us your story

TEL (Technology-Enchanced Learning)





We'd love to hear from you.

In 200 words or less, share your thoughts and experience of TEL that you are using with your learners.
For example, tell us how you are using it, what your students like about it, how effective it is in supporting learning and whether or not you believe it has applications in other contexts.
If you are happy to share your piece (either with or without your name/dept/section), we will include it in a subsequent issue of the newsletter.

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