IT Sligo is providing individuals across Ireland with the opportunity to access education from their living rooms. According to a report by Disability Federation of Ireland, 43pc of people with disabilities have not progressed beyond primary education, in comparison with 19pc of all adults. Only 24.5pc of people with disabilities have completed third-level education, compared to 38.7pc of the general population.
Many people cannot make regular trips to learn on campus, for example, due to underlying health conditions, disabilities, or caring for family members. That is why two new programmes are now available through the CAO to start in September through a new initiative, ‘Higher Education for All’.
These programmes include:
- BA Writing and Literature (Hons) Level 8 (SG254)
- BSc Health and Medical Information Science Level 7 (SG530)
Higher Education for All is an initiative in partnership with IT Sligo, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (ETB), Donegal ETB, Disability Federation of Ireland and Family Carers Ireland. In the wake of the current global crisis and the financial uncertainties that go with it, these programmes offer parents/guardians the peace of mind of knowing their child is not exposed to health risks, as well as alleviate financial pressures facing the household. This is particularly important for children that are in high-risk categories due to health conditions.
For those who wonder if they may miss out on the social element of a campus-based programme, IT Sligo is developing opportunities to engage with a virtual campus. This is where online students would have access to experiencing the vibe of the campus with daily live footage of the campus, shared lunchtime space (a virtual canteen), online involvement with the Students’ Union and Clubs and Societies, and campus social events/ activities through ‘live’ technology. No one should ever miss out on central aspects of college due to their circumstances.
How to Apply
The suite of full-time Online courses are being offered via the Central Applications Office (CAO).
Deadlines for CAO Applications are:
5th November at 12pm CAO Application Open
20th January at 5.15pm Online Discounted Application Closes
1st February at 5.15pm Application Deadline
5th March CAO Late Applications Open
1st May at 5.15pm Late Application Closing Date
5th May to 1st July at 5.15pm Change of Mind
Following the CAO Round 1 offers, IT Sligo release their Available Places courses which are courses open for application for the coming academic year. For 2020/21, there full-time online courses are available via this application route. For more details visit the Available Places web page
Online Learning at IT Sligo
With a 14-year history of educating students using online learning, IT Sligo has the skills, experience and methodology embedded in the Institute, ensuring students achieve success in their academic journey. The combination of live lecturing, small class sizes and academic support, ensures that students benefit from an inclusive online experience.
Attending lectures is made easy with our online learning environment. Simply log on from work, home, anywhere and be part of weekly lectures. Engage in discussions, live chat and interact with fellow students and lecturers. Unable to attend? Recorded sessions are available within hours, so students can watch back at a time that suits.
Students will learn and experience all the practical elements in the learning outcomes. Guest lectures, tutorials and residential workshops are accessible to all online students either via live streaming or as recorded sessions.
Virtual Learning Environment
All IT Sligo students have access to Moodle, the Online Learning environment. The online platform is user friendly and provides all the materials needed to complete the programme, from lecture notes and timetables to recorded lectures and group chat functionality. Students are encouraged to interact, ask questions and engage on the platform, helping with peer learning.
Working collaboratively is part of the college experience and online learning is no different. Group learning and assignments encourage peer support and small classroom sizes ensure students are supported throughout the learning journey.
Assessment and Exams
Assessments in the forms of quizzes and assignments are used to gauge students’ understanding of a topic throughout the semester. Examinations take place at the end of each Semester. IT Sligo Online students can attend exam centres in Sligo, Dublin, Cork or remotely via online proctoring. Online examinations are monitored and supervised virtually.
A short free 15min online assessment tool, giving immediate feedback on strengths and challenges and the support services available to you before embarking on your learning journey.
Any student with a disability can avail of the Disability Support Service. This service is committed to empowering students to achieve their academic and vocational goals in an inclusive learning environment. This service is free and confidential to all students who choose to register. All students also have access to assistive technology assessment and support through the Assistive Technology Education Specialist.
The Academic Writing Centre offers support to all online students in the form of online 1:1, small group or class tutorials with a writing tutor. Students can also avail of a comprehensive suite of online supports such as academic writing guides, recorded tutorials and resources. Online students also have complimentary access to Studiosity, an online service providing feedback on students’ writing.
All students on this programme will have access to our Mathematics Support Centre. Online meetings and tutorials are available. Our support team run “crash courses” over the exam period and these are live-streamed/recorded for the benefit of our online student body.
The Student Support Officer will assess students and if accommodations are required, support students to communicate these with the exams office.
The library has a wealth of online resources for students and will facilitate online meetings with the student to provide general support in accessing library databases and to provide 1:1/group tutorials on research, referencing skills.
Students have access to our careers office staff who provide support in many areas including job searching, CV writing, further study options, career progression paths etc.
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