“As part of my teacher education degree I travelled to Zambia to gain experience of their school system. It was an incredible experience.”

Muireann Stack

Undergraduate Education Student

“Our work with the Ubuntu Network focuses on providing staff and students in teacher education throughout Ireland with the knowledge and skills to address sustainable development issues such as global poverty, climate change and inequality.”

Deirdre Hogan

Ubuntu Network

“My research is predominantly concerned with social justice issues and the impact this has on educational policy and practice in Europe.”

Marie Parker-Jenkins

Professor of Education

Education Technology Centre

The Education Technology Centre (Ed Tech Centre), part of the Department of Education and Professional Studies is located in the Main building in the University of Limerick, Office CM083. The centre provides all education students with access to a wealth of IT and AV equipment, IT and AV technical support and in-house expertise in the area of ICT use in Education.

An overarching aim of the centre is to tutor and advise Education students in both the practical and innovative use of ICT in the classroom, thus improving their teaching and their students learning. Within the Education Technology Centre through laboratory work, another aim is to impart the practical skills that will enable students from Diploma to Doctorate to become confident practitioners and producers of communications technology materials in the context of teaching and learning.

In Semester 1 of Year Two for the undergraduate students, Microteaching labs take place in the Ed Tech Centre. This involves preparing and monitoring laboratories for student teachers to teach secondary school pupils in smaller class sizes. This introduces the student in second year to lesson planning and good teaching practices. These laboratories are fully equipped live recording studios enabling the student with a tutor to later review and assess the lesson. During this semester the Ed Tech Centre will record weekly 120 hours of footage (5 teaching rooms*20 hours per room). This material is then immediately available to the students for analysis and review. It is also immediately available to their tutor, who can then provide feedback on the lesson. This is made possible using the new state of the art Exterity system.

The Ed Tech Centre also provides AV and IT solutions to all the staff within the Department of Education &Professional Studies. The centre can also provide support to students in the field while on teaching practice.

For further information or if you have any queries relating to any of the information above please contact:

Adrian McDonagh: Email adrian.mcdonagh@ul.ie Telephone: 061-202899
Damian Daly: Email damian.daly@ul.ie Telephone: 061-202758