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National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education joins the Digital Repository of Ireland

08 September 2021

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is delighted to announce that the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has joined as our latest member. 

The National Forum is an essential component of the national-level infrastructure for higher education in Ireland. They work with those who teach, learn, and shape policy and practice to ensure a valued and informed teaching and learning culture in Irish higher education. The National Forum focuses on the professional development of all those who teach, teaching and learning in a digital world, teaching and learning within and across disciplines, and student success. In partnership with students, staff, and leaders in Irish higher education, the National Forum works to develop an inclusive, collaborative, and innovative culture that maximises learning impact for the success of all students. The National Forum will work with the DRI to digitally preserve valuable educational resources, such as GeoLab images and other resources of national importance, so that they can be accessed by students, teachers, and researchers into the future. 

Dr Terry Maguire, Director of the National Forum, commented on the significance of joining DRI:

The National Forum is delighted to become a member of Digital Repository Ireland. We look forward to working with DRI to ensure that selected openly licensed teaching and learning resources of national importance, developed by sectoral colleagues and funded by the National Forum, will be digitally archived and accessible into the future. Partnering with DRI is yet another example of how collaborative approaches can strengthen our national infrastructure in a sustained and sustainable way. DRI have developed an innovative platform for the long-term digital preservation of Irish resources and we very much look forward to supporting DRI’s preservation, curation, and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage resources.

DRI Director Dr Natalie Harrower welcomed our latest member:

The National Forum is a key national infrastructure, reaching into all aspects of the higher education sector and supporting excellence in teaching and learning. Joining the Digital Repository of Ireland will enable the National Forum to ensure that important resources will be both preserved and made widely accessible into the future, which enables a reinvestment of outputs from the higher education sector back into the sector. A partnership between the National Forum for Teaching and Learning and the Digital Repository of Ireland is a partnership between national infrastructures, and we very much look forward to working with Terry and her colleagues to support and foster Ireland’s higher education ecosystem.

Collaborating with the DRI to provide sustainable long-term access to learning resources of national significance is part of the National Forum’s commitment to supporting those who learn, teach, and support learning to critically engage with digital technologies to enhance learning and teaching. We look forward to working with the National Forum to digitally preserve their resources for long-term access and to enhance learning, teaching, and overall digital capability in the higher education sector. 

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