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UCC 'Digital Awareness Day' - April 6th, 2017

The following is an open invitation from University College Cork advising on their upcoming Digital Awarness Day on April 6th, 2017 for TY students. 

University College Cork are hosting a 'Digital Awareness Day' in Devere Hall, University College Cork on April, 6th. They are inviting Transition Year students to attend a series of talks, that will cover the following topics:

  • Digital Footprint
  • Digital Behaviour
  • Digital Security
  • Digital Safety

Each presentation will run for 20 - 30 minutes. Students will be given a ‘tip card’ containing the important points pertaining to each presentation. There will also be packs of ‘tip cards’ for accompanying guidance counsellors, to take away for distribution. Upon returning to your respective school, we ask that students relay the information to their peers and in return, students will earn a ‘Digital Badge’. In order to qualify for a ‘Digital Badge’, photographic or video evidence must be forwarded back to the office.

‘Digital Badges’, are digital micro-credentials that recognise learning and accomplishment in a particular skill or area. They can be earned in a variety of learning environments, including higher education. ‘Digital Badges’ can be hosted online and therefore collected by the learner and shared on social networking platforms, ePortfolios, job sites and on their CVs. These badges contain metadata which describes the criteria that was met in order to be awarded the badge, the badge issuer and importantly the learner’s email address. This metadata makes the badge secure from plagiarism/duplication.

The seminar will run from 9.30am – 1.00pm, with a coffee break at circa 11.00am. Tea/coffee/pastries and a healthy option for the students, will be provided. The Main Restaurant on campus serves food throughout the day, as will the restaurants in the Western Gateway Building and the Kane Building. Unfortunately, we are no longer in a position to provide lunches for students/guidance counsellors for such events.

Please be aware that buses will not be permitted by An Garda Síochána to park on the Western Road during the day. Buses may use the Western Road (outside Castlewhite apartments and the Western Gateway Building) for dropping off and collecting groups. Bus drivers and guidance counsellors/teachers are requested to organise drop-offs and collections. Ideally, the group should meet at a location other than the pickup point first, call the bus driver and then make their way to the previously agreed pick-up point.

There will a photographer and videographer on campus during the day. We would appreciate, if you could let us know if your group would prefer not to be photographed or filmed. Students who are photographed in smaller groups (4 persons or less) will be asked for their individual and school names, and slightly larger group images will be asked for school names only. These videos and images may be used on the UCC website, on UCC social media and printed promotional material. We will of course, be happy to forward on any images of your students upon request.

All delivered content will be captured online and linked with relevant existing resources from allaboardhe.org, telu.me, digitalchampions.ie, instructionaldesign.ucc.ie. The creation of an online resource will allow UCC to reach out to students, unable to attend the 'Digital Awareness Day'.

We very much see this as an important and timely addition to the supports offered to students and expect the day to become an annual event in the UCC calendar.

Please note: this is a pilot event. Those interested in attending, we will accommodate on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested, please RSVP to this email address as soon as possible, or call 021 490 2046.