What is All Aboard 2017?

An initiative being co-run by The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Ireland’s higher education institutions, All Aboard 2017 is a week-long (3-7 April 2017) series of national and regional public events designed to build confidence in Ireland’s digital skills for learning.

Who Can Participate in All Aboard 2017?

Anybody with an interest in developing their digital skills for learning- regardless of skill level- is invited to come on board All Aboard 2017.
The entire education sector – universities, institutes of technology, private colleges, further education and training colleges, adult literacy centres and every secondary and primary school in the country are a key target audience of the initiative. In addition, we have also mapped out a five-day itinerary for communities and parents who can get involved in e.g., our internet safety awareness drive -while as many people as possible from local businesses are being encouraged to get their companies and colleagues on board.

What’s On Offer?

National and regional events including fun activities, workshops, competitions, challenges, experiments, public lectures and much more are all designed to help build confidence in our digital skills for learning are on offer.  Check out our Events section for the latest events listing in your area.

How Can I Get Involved in All Aboard 2017?

Getting involved is easy. A dedicated All Aboard 2017 web interface goes live at noon on Friday 17 February and will provide you with A-Z guide on all aspects of the All Aboard 2017 programme. If your school, college, business or community group would like to run an event, you can register your interest through the All Aboard 2017 website.The website will feature easy to use, downloadable resources for planning and running an All Aboard 2017 event. It will also carry “Latest News” updates on events that you can participate in all around the country.
You can also follow us on All Aboard 2017 on Twitter (#AllAboard2017), Facebook and YouTube.

What’s the Background to All Aboard 2017?

All Aboard 2017 is based on The National Forum’s report “Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: A Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World 2015:2017” which made a key recommendation for ‘A co-ordinated, multi-level approach to foster digital literacy, skills and confidence among students at all levels of education…”. To access copy of the report click here. The initiative will build on the All Aboard Digital Skills Framework funded under the government’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement fund 2014 (http://allaboardhe.org/).

More Frequently Asked Questions

Getting involved is easy. A dedicated All Aboard 2017 web interface allaboard2017.ie is where any school, college, business or community group can register their interest in organising events.

The Events section of the interface will provide users with an up-to-date full listing of All Aboard 2017 events.

The web interface has a range of downloadable resources that offer a choice of short digital skills courses and challenges that can be completed to build confidence in the digital skills work your organisation/school is already undertaking.

Yes, users are encouraged to  visit the Toolkit section of the web interface and to download  logos, posters, event organisation tips and press release templates from a range of materials to help you organise, promote and run your event.

Every event must be individually registered on the interface.   There is no upper limit on the number of events that organisers can register.

No, you do not need to pick a particular All Aboard metro map station for your event. We just need you to tell us what line from the Metro Map you plan to use for your event.  See details of the lines here.

Yes, you can edit your event details after you have registered an event.

Yes, a competition can be run as an event provided it runs within the All Aboard 2017 schedule of 3-7 April 2017 and is registered on allaboard2017.ie

Yes, every organisation participating in All Aboard 2017 qualifies for a digital badge provided they:

1. host an event as part of the All Aboard 2017 3-7 April schedule

2. register the event on the All Aboard 2017 web interface  

3. capture an image of their event and submit it under the Digital Badges section of the All Aboard 2017 web interface 

There are three types of All Aboard 2017 digital badge.

They are:

Bronze Badge: to qualify for a Bronze Digital Badge an organisation/school must run at least one digital skills event

Silver Badge:  to qualify for a Silver Digital Badge an organisation/school must run at least one digital skills event  PLUS run an event for parents and/or the local community.

Gold Badge:  to qualify for a Gold Digital Badge an organisation/school must run at least one digital skills event, PLUS run an event for parents and/or the local community PLUS they must develop a Digital Showcase.

Under the Digital Showcase, organisations/schools are invited to share their good practice in developing and promoting digital skills. Participants should submit an innovative approach they have implemented that showcases their development and/or use of digital skills in a particular aspect of their school, life and/or work. Each organisation involved in the showcase will be required to complete a brief (200 words) Showcase Template that is available here

Yes, you can qualify for more than one badge provided your event has met the requirements outlined.

After your event you are invited to visit the Digital Badges section of the web interface where you can complete and submit your digital badge application. A badge will then be sent to your organisational email address. This is the address that you will have used to register your organisation with All Aboard 2017.

You can follow All Aboard 2017 on Twitter (#AllAboard2017), Facebook and YouTube.

All Aboard 2017 is based on The National Forum’s report “Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: A Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World 2015:2017” which made a key recommendation for ‘A co-ordinated, multi-level approach to foster digital literacy, skills and confidence among students at all levels of education…”. To access copy of the report click here. The initiative will build on the All Aboard Digital Skills Framework funded under the government’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement fund 2014 (http://allaboardhe.org/).

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills in 2012. The role of the National Forum is to enhance the teaching and learning for all students in higher education. Engaging with leaders, managers, teachers and students, the National Forum mobilises expertise and inputs from across the entire sector to extend and shape best practice in all institutes of higher education in Ireland.

The National Forum’s Vision

Under the guidance of its Board, whose members are chosen to represent the different areas of expertise in teaching and learning, the Forum will engage in a range of activities aimed at:

  • ○ Championing all those who contribute to great teaching and learning in higher education
  • ○ Inspiring great practice, by celebrating examples of teaching that have a strong and positive impact on learning
  • ○ Developing teachers and learners
  • ○ Identifying and promoting best practice in professional development
  • ○ Building digital capacity
  • ○ Promoting key enhancement themes
  • ○ Enabling innovation in a fast-changing educational environment.