As part of the DigitalEd development initiatives for the ATU, a monthly webinar and workshop series is coordinated by the ATU Teaching and Learning Centre (Galway-Mayo). Check out upcoming events below.
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Active Learning Strategies – A Travel and Tourism Programme Perspective
January 26 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
The devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the national and international travel and tourism industries y have been well documented to date (WTO, 2021; OECD, 2021; Fáilte Ireland, 2021; ITIC, 2021Research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, and take less time, meaning the changes coronavirus have caused might be here to stay. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. COVID-19 has created challenges in our educational system worldwide (UNESCO, 2020). Due to this pandemic, the higher education system in travel and tourism has moved away from traditional classroom settings to non-traditional environments such as hybrid and online classrooms. The recent movement has significantly changed the way lecturers teach and engage students in this new environment, creating issues for both lecturers and students. Travel and tourism academics continually endeavour to apply creative and varied active learning techniques to maximise learning opportunities such as guest lectures which play an integral part in the module delivery for any travel and tourism programme. The aim of this seminar is to investigate the viability of delivering a 100% online level 8 travel and tourism education in Ireland. Consequently, this seminar will be incorporate the expertise of three leading academics in the field of both the national and international context of travel and tourism on how Irish higher education institutions can realise their potential to deliver world-class travel and tourism programmes solely online.