IT Sligo are delighted to launch a new Online Learning Prospectus for 2020/21 academic year. With a portfolio of over 140 online programmes and 35,000 graduates over the past 10 years alone, IT Sligo continues to strengthen its leadership in Online Learning in Ireland. Working closely with employers and employees, IT Sligo develops and delivers programmes to support upskilling in a range of areas in demand by industry, enterprise, and the community.
In a world post COVID-19, there will be a dramatic shift towards Lifelong Learning and Online Learning, IT Sligo have developed over 20 new programmes for the forthcoming academic year. Mastering ambition and upskilling for the future of work are key themes in the new programmes. Examples include new full-time online degree programmes in Health and Medical Information Science, Writing & Literature and Business Studies; a new Work-Based Learning degree programme in Mechatronic Systems Engineering; and a joint international delivery Masters programme in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years with one of our partner Institution, Fanshawe College in Canada.
Professor Jacqueline McCormack, Vice President for Online Development commented “IT Sligo’s mission is to advance economic, social, and environmental sustainability through education, innovation, and engagement, producing graduates who are innovative, confident, and capable of leading the development of the region and beyond. Consistent with this mission, is IT Sligo’s continued growth and strength in online/ flexible learning, placing IT Sligo in a leading position in Ireland. In our desire to educate students to reach their full potential, we strive to respond to economic and societal challenges through delivery of excellent higher education learning opportunities and a supportive environment with a strong focus on pastoral care of our growing student body.
It is vitally important for us to continue to have an excellent on-campus experience in place for students like school-leavers, but we also cater for a cohort of learners who can’t easily make it to the campus, or who are working full-time and want to upskill, or who have a disability and find it more convenient to learn from home. It’s about accessibility to higher education”.”
With the largest cohort of online students in Ireland, IT Sligo is continuously evolving the Online Learning experience. The Centre for Online Learning has launched a comprehensive suite of Student Support Services, ensuring that although our students are off-campus, they can still avail of supports such as access to an Academic Writing Centre, Maths Support Centre, Learning Supports, Yeats Library and student Health & Wellbeing services.
Launching the 2020 online recruitment campaign “Master your Ambition” IT Sligo’s Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager, Rosie Gilleece commented, “We recognise that Online Students may have previously engaged in Higher Education and have reached a life stage, where they have gained industry experience and want to progress in their chosen career path. With flexible, part-time courses, the online learning option offers that opportunity to upskill while maintaining work-life balance. It is hugely challenging to return to education, but also immensely rewarding. We see that in the students who return every year for graduation. It is a family effort, when you have someone studying in the house, and at Graduation it is a family celebration”.
Alongside a comprehensive list of online programmes, the Prospectus also shares many student success stories, highlighting personal journeys taken by IT Sligo’s online students across Ireland and the globe.
In these challenging times, IT Sligo is encouraging everyone to consider investing in their education, whether that is a free short online course or a Masters qualification in a specialist field. Now, more than ever, is the time to take that next step and master your ambition.