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Trinity’s First Online Education Programme

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Students Graduate From Trinity’s First Online Education ProgrammeTrinity College Dublin

37 students graduated from Trinity College Dublin’s first exclusively online education programme. The event represents the first step towards the University’s target of 1,000 online students by 2019.

Graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, which is offered by the School of Social Work and Social Policy and delivered entirely online using a virtual learning environment, attended a graduation ceremony in Trinity’s historic campus on Friday, November 13, 2015The course is one of six online courses being offered by Trinity and is part of the College’s ambition to develop technology-enhanced education, to develop innovative teaching strategies and to cater for the needs of 21st century learners no matter where they are around the world. Other online education courses on offer in Trinity are a Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Radiotherapy Practice, an M.Sc/Postgraduate Diploma in Managing Risk & System Change and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise.
Dr Julie Byrne, Assistant Professor for Online Education and Development, commented: “Busy professionals need access to education at a time and place that suits them. Online learning provides this flexibility within a structured learning pathway.”

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies is open to graduates from all disciplines. Students have access to weekly learning resources and engage with each other and with lecturers using discussion fora which are all available online.  Once a week students join their classmates in a live online tutorial to discuss key issues and debates in the module. Graduates from the programme can progress to the School’s new online Masters in Applied Social Studies and on to PhD study.  The programme also opens a pathway to study in Social Work and related disciplines.

The one year Diploma in Applied Social Studies helps student to understand the potential of social policy to address society’s ‘wicked problems’ – those complex interdependent problems such as crime and poverty which are often resistant to the solutions put in place by governments.  Students are exposed to the arguments for developing policy interventions to address these problems and the challenges of implementing policy decisions.

Dr Stephanie Holt, Programme Director at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, said: “The programme is part of the School’s ongoing commitment to high quality and innovative postgraduate education. This programme facilitates career progression and career change for those interested in health and social care services, social work and social policy.”

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