The Live and Learn in Ireland project is a collaboration between the South West Cluster of Irish Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), which consists of the Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT Tralee); the Institute of Technology, Carlow (IT Carlow); the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT); University College Cork (UCC) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).
This collaboration, led by IT Tralee and funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (NFTL)’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2014, came together in December 2014 with the intention of producing digital objects for international students and the staff who support them.
The project seeks to address one of the key areas of the Forum’s first Enhancement Theme, Teaching for Transitions, while also being cognisant of another important aspect of the NFTL’s 2013-2015 work plan, building Digital Capacity. Transitioning International students into the higher education system in Ireland was as one of six key transitions identified by the NFTL that learners in higher education have to navigate.
The project and its outputs have been informed by extensive empirical research involving staff and students. They have also been informed by the practical experience and expertise of a project team that includes international officers, education managers, researchers, instructional designers and academics from the five participating HEIs.