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  • September 17th 2007

    Volume 2. Issue 1


    DkIT welcomes students and staff to the 2007- 2008 academic year.

    Any news?

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to all students and staff, especially those of you that are new to our DkIT community, and to wish you all success in the coming year. I am delighted to tell you that registration num- bers at DkIT are up 13% on last year despite the much reduced number of students sitting the Leaving Certificate this year. Whilst numbers are up across the college, the department of Electronics has witnessed a remarkable increase in the enrolment of students and this has been achieved through the combined dedication of the department staff but most particularly through the efforts of Lecturer, Terry McNamee. The new prospectus and handbooks are printed and this year they have a new look with the theme ‘DkIT is for me’ reinforcing our com- mitment in DkiT to meet the needs of all mem- bers of this learning community. As a past stu- dent of the college myself, I am always grateful for the opportunities that my studies here af- forded me and mindful of my responsibility to ensure that all learners at DkIT continue to use their potential and realise their dreams. I wish you all and enjoyable year ahead and good luck in all your endeavours,


    The DkiTimes is a weekly publication brings you news of the many exciting things that happen here. Once again, we encourage you to submit your news items, stories, letters opinions and of course photos to share with readers. Email word documents and pic- tures to The Editor






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    Inside this issue:

    Interested in starring on television? Check pages 4 and 7


    Creative Media Exhibition


    New library service


    Donate your mobile phone. Paisean Faisean

    4 4

    Tom Dunn Society Concert.


    Caption Comp. Cartoons


    RTE’s ‘The Café’ needs an audience.



    Denis Cummins M. Sc. Director, Dundalk Institute of Technology.

  • “To catch the reader's attention, place an interesting sentence or quote from the story here.”

    Creative Media End of Year Exhibition Submitted by Glenn Doyle.

    The Creative Media Dept. hosted their fifth annual end of year exhibition in the Carrolls Factory on Campus on the 13th-15th of June this year. For those who didn’t get a chance to attend, the exhibition was an overwhelming success. There were over 250 people in attendance over the three days from vari- ous industry and academic backgrounds, not to mention the family and friends of the students involved. This year the exhibition featured 9 installations in total from students, working in groups, from both the BA (Ord) in Communications (Creative Multimedia) and the BA (Hons) in Communications and Crea- tive Media.. These projects encompassed a wide variety of skills from the Creative Media course content and highlighted the innovative approach to projects adopted by the students. Over a period of approx 9 months the students work tirelessly to produce a wide selection of work ranging from social networking sites, interactive games and video installations, through to educational CD-ROMs and biographical digital narratives. On behalf of the Creative Media Team we would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to the success of the show and to wish all the stu- dents the best of look in the future.

    Hope to see you all at next years show.

    Pictured here right are Willie McLaughlin and Michael Wright following the recent presenta- tion to Willie in recognition of his contribu- tion to the college over the past 13 years.

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    Creative Media Students pose for a photo before the launch of yet another exhibition of innovative work. Congratulations to all students and staff involved.

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  • DkIT Library introduces new online help service.

    DkIT to host the 2008 EdTech Conference

    Dundalk Institute of Technology Library is expanding its enquiry desk service via instant messaging this September. Instant messenger will allow you to get expert help from Library Staff from your desktop both on and off campus. More and more of the Library’s facilities can be accessed remotely. Everything from renewing books to researching projects can be done online - with the new messaging service help and advice from the Library will be just a few clicks away. The service will initially be available using Microsoft Messenger technology, one of the most popular instant messag- ing services. Users familiar with Messenger can simply add to their list of contacts Library staff will be available from 10am-12am and from 2pm to 4pm Monday to Thursday. Queries can be sent via web-form outside of those hours and will be answered via email.

    EdTech, the annual conference of Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) and in 2008 the Conference will be held in DKIT from the 22nd to 23rd of May 2008. DKIT was selected to host the conference following a bidding proc- ess and plans are now underway for the conference. ILTA provides a forum for those interested in the application of information technologies to learning in Ireland with most of it’s members drawn from third level education. ILTA provides a virtual discussion space as well as learning support to its members. Its Annual Conference is an opportunity for those interested in exploring the possibilities of- fered by ICT in higher education to gather, share knowledge and expertise and learn about best practice in Irish Higher Education. The Annual Conference attracts over 150 delegates from business, and higher education from both sides of the border. A number of DkiT staff are already working locally to support and deliver the conference and would welcome addi- tional help from interested staff members. Contact

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  • Early Perspectives –Where next for the Institutes of Technology? A interview with Dr Columb Collins, former member of staff at DkiT. Columb Collins kindly agreed to meet up with Seamus Bellew before the summer to share his recollections of his time in Dundalk. When asked what he saw his vision for the IT sector in the coming years, Columb reflected on the comparisons between the ITs and the Universities and on the changing needs of the students who will be at- tracted to the ITs. I thought his reflections would be a good way to start the year and they are summarised in the following four points:

    a) The IT sector must maintain a clear distinction from that of the universities. There is no point competing in the same field, the universities are long estab- lished and recognised. The Institutes need to develop a niche for their potential students and their degrees should be as good as those of the Universities but different, where the practical nature of the courses is maintained. The ethos of ‘learning by doing’ should still prevail ensuring that the IT graduates are more attractive to particular employers. The sector still lacks status and it needs to develop a ‘brand’ that is instantly recognised. Teachers, especially those in Ca- reers Guidance, still have influence on many potential students. These teachers, many who have come through the Universities with Bas, may not fully appreci- ate what goes on in the ITs.

    b) The idea of ‘continuing education’ needs to be further developed, especially at Masters level and for part time students. Columb believes that open learning needs to be adopted, especially at post Certificate levels. He reckons that once students have developed the study techniques required for Higher Education typically through a traditionally taught Certificate, they are then better equipped to have the discipline required for open/distance learning. Each indi- vidual’s educational development should be viewed more as a continuum where learning alongside employment should be encouraged, rather than parti- tioned as it is for most at the moment. The amount of time taken to complete a course should be determined by each student clocking up modules as quickly or slowly as his or her circumstances allow through a mixture of open and more traditional learning methods.

    c) Among the Colleges in the sector, there should be a greater emphasis on sharing and pooling resources. There is an opportunity for the colleges to develop ‘open learning’ and with much greater potential if they pool re- sources. Each IT could better sustain its own specialities in such a cooperative environment. The sector has al- ready shown that joint activities can be highly productive.

    d) A two-year certificate is no longer adequate for students and we should be looking at a minimum of three years. In fact he would like to see all citizens guaranteed the equivalent of 4 or 5 years of Higher Education dur- ing their lifetime, to be availed of at times that chosen by each individual through whatever mode of learning that suits.

    e) There should be better use of the modular system, rather like that in the US where students can delay the de- cision on the