Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Young Citizen Award

(1)Back in Ireland again. Today in Áras an Uachtaráin, President Mary McAleese presented the Young Citizens Awards (1) to those, aged between 16-25 who had been identified as giving outstanding service and commitment to their communities. Amongst the recipients, was Robert Healy, one of our own enthusiastic volunteering students here in NUI, Galway. It's good to give recognition to all these dedicated people that somehow manage to find time out of their hectic schedules to commit to helping shape their local communities. Certainly we've been encouraging students to join in our "ALIVE" programme which encourages them to reflect on their volunteering and wider social issues, providing them with a certificate upon submission of a reflective portfolio and evidence of their work.

(2) To finish off the story of last week's conference (AHD, Dortmund) - it went well. The discussions on e-Competence/e-Learning were pretty dynamic and Gilly Salmon (2), in particular, got some lively participation going. Prof. Dieter Euler of the University of St. Gallen (3) also made an excellent guest presentation and has agreed to be a speaker in our ongoing Video-seminar series, talking about organisational change related issues (more info nearer the time). Progess continues on a book that the project team members are currently writing and we expect publication sometime in May. Hopefully this will provide some useful insight into developments in this area and illustrative examples from across Europe.


(1) http://www.citizenship2005.ie/young_citizen.htm
(2) http://www.atimod.com/profile/gsalmon.shtml
(3) http://www.iwp.unisg.ch/

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