Friday, 23 March 2012

NDLR Fest 2012 and Local Innovation Projects

I see from today's NDLR newsletter that Minister Seán Sherlock will launch the 2012 NDLR Fest in Croke Park on 2nd May. Of course, Seán Sherlock is infamous for signing the Irish copyright amendment (also known as the Irish SOPA) into law last month, without public consultation and despite more than 80,000 signatures on an online petition (stopsopaireland). It will certainly be interesting to hear his views on the notion of people collaborating and sharing freely their digital learning resources.

The NDLR Fest, now in its 6th year, is a nice event to attend. The community is friendly and open and there is a great buzz generated. The aim of the event, according to the NDLR conference website, is to showcase the wide array of free technology enhanced learning that has been generated across all subject disciplines in the Irish HE sector as well as celebrating the cooperative and collaborative process in which these resources have been developed, used and reused.

You can sign up for this one-day, free event by going to the registration page

This year, as well as hearing about the 12 Learning Innovation Community Support projects (LInCS),  we are also looking forward to showcasing six Local Innovation Projects (LIPs) from NUI Galway that received NDLR funding in 2011.

Our call for NDLR funded LIPs for 2012 closed two weeks ago. This year the applications for LIPs were competitive, with 14 innovative proposals being submitted for funding.  Due to budgetary constraints we have only been able to fund a total of 7 projects. A full list of the successful applicants is now on our website.

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