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“GetSmart!” – DIT Mobile App wins International E-Learning Award

Posted: 1 November, 2016

The DIT School of Hospitality Management and Tourism has been awarded first place in the 2016 International e-Learning Excellence Awards in Prague for “GetSmart!” – a mobile app for first year students.

Pictured in Prague, DIT lecturers Nevan Bermingham and Mary O’Rawe, School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, winners of International e-Learning Excellence Award

The “GetSmart!” mobile app was designed to assist students in their transition to higher education by providing them with timely and relevant supports on all aspects of their orientation and third-level learning. Developed by lecturers in the school Nevan Bermingham and Mary O’Rawe, and Assistive Technology Officer, Trevor Boland, the “GetSmart” mobile app project beat stiff competition from over 60 other e-learning initiatives worldwide.

The top thirteen eLearning project proposers were invited to present a case study on their submission as part of the European e-Learning Conference, held at the Charles University in Prague.  Nevan Bermingham and Mary O’Rawe presented the case study titled, "Get Smart!: tailor-made apps for higher education orientation", to an international audience and judging panel. The judges commended the project for its innovation and multidisciplinary approach in the mobile technology space, and for its impact on managing transition to a higher-education learning environment.

Among the finalist projects presented at the International eLearning Excellence Awards were Augmented Reality mobile apps, Digital Drawing projects, e-learning to support communities and individuals, and Open Education MOOC Platforms.