WE WELCOME A TEAM of accreditation experts to the LIT-Tipperary campus today as we defend several programmes that articulate the skills of jobs that do not exist yet.
It's always a significant day when we get these meaningful external peer reviews. They are not superficial nor are they cheap. When a HETAC Panel visits, we get a lot of feedback from the entire higher education ecosystem and we often get frank and unvarnished opinions from industry. We also give a lot of insight to team members coming from other third level institutions and from experience we know that some of our insight translates into programmes offered by our colleagues in other institutes of technolgy across Ireland. That's the way the system works and we get everything back in spades, since we also visit other IOTs as HETAC panel members.
Today, some of the discussion may revolve around jobs that don't exist yet.
Since the start of our current semesterised programme (approved in 2007), we've trained more people for work behind the microphone than we expected. If we're successful in what we're recommending, I believe we will see an LIT graduate earning money as a field reporter for an internationally syndicated channel.
We have bog-standard modules in writing that reappear on the 2012 syllabus. By 2017, we will watch students on our college campus who will publish an Amazon title once every year. They will be paid by an international customer base for their Kindle Singles, for their Blurb books, and for their iBooks.
In 2007, we had to explain to accreditors what Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn were. That's because we were the first third level campus to have students tweeting as part of continuously assessed curriculum objects. Before the end of this year, several of our current students will finish paid nixers while running Facebook campaigns to promote Irish goods and services. Within the next five years, the next best thing in social media will have emerged and we will claim our place near the top of the heap. If you want to learn social media at third level, you should make your first stop the LIT-Clonmel campus.
The biggest thing we will evolve during the next five years is in getting both Ordinary and Honours Degree students well-equipped to take leading positions as User Interface and User Experience designers. We have our marching orders in place from the HETAC panel already and we're well-positioned to ensure the web development we teach is truly leading edge.
As a matter of record, until my InsideView.ie blog talked about "HETAC Panel Visit" in 2007, Google had no record of the phrase. I wonder if you arrived here looking for that information years later.
Previously -- "HETAC Panel Visit" on InsideView, May 8, 2007.
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