I’m developing an e-learning blog specifically for learning professionals based in Ireland.
The recession notwithstanding, Ireland has a vibrant technology and knowledge-based industrial economy, and one of the domains we excel in, is in e-learning – most people in the training and education industry are familiar with industry-leading, highly successful Irish e-learning companies like SkillSoft, ThirdForce and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for example.
Equally, academic institutions like Trinity College, Dublin, University College, Dublin, the National College of Ireland, and the University of Limerick run very innovative e-learning programs, particularly at post-graduate level; I myself am associated with the NCI’s Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching, for example.
These organizations and academic institutions aside, there are over fifty ‘other’ e-learning development houses in the country – not bad for a country with a population of less than 5 million people. By any measure, we can say that Ireland punches above its weight in this domain.
Despite this, there seems to be very few Learning & Development Technology professionals contributing to the blogosphere. Off the top of my head I can think of Brian Mulligan, Michelle Gallen, Patricia Donaghy, Leo Casey, Eamon Costello, and some guy called Michael Hanley.
I’d like to include the views of Ireland-based Learning & Development Technology professionals in my new blog, and to create a space for us to discuss the challenges and opportunities that we all encounter in our activities with learners.
If you’re interested in contributing, just e-mail me here: elearningcurve[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll get in touch with you to discuss my ideas.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my friends)