Enriching the undergraduate curriculum with digital research skills: A blended approach

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McGuinness, Claire
Fulton, Crystal
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University College Cork
National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
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This paper describes an 18-month digital learning project, designed to support the development of students’ digital research skills in UCD’s BA and BSocSc programmes. The project involved the creation of six original interactive e-tutorials focusing on key digital research topics, which were embedded in the institutional VLE (Blackboard) in a blended learning structure, and rolled out in four modules in the School of Information & Communication Studies in 2017/2018. During the post-evaluation phase, student feedback was gathered via an online survey and in two qualitative focus groups. This paper outlines the rationale, implementation and results of the project, and offers insights into incorporating digital learning into undergraduate programmes, and student experiences of blended learning.
UCD , Digital research skills , Interactive e-tutorials , VLE , Blended learning
McGuinness, C. and Fulton, C. (2019) 'Enriching the undergraduate curriculum with digital research skills: A blended approach', Learning Connections 2019: Spaces, People, Practice, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 5-6 December, pp. 25-30. doi: 10.33178/LC.2019.06
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