Student engagement with the world beyond our borders is crucial to learning both within and outside the classroom. To this end, the Keough-Naughton Institute and the Center for Social Concerns is building the Social Concerns Seminar on Digital Education in Northern Ireland.
Seven Notre Dame students will be spending their spring break on an immersion trip to Lurgan/Portadown this March to work with junior high school students. Notre Dame undergraduates will work with both Protestant and Catholic students to create a web-based multimedia project: the class will facilitate the construction of a web-based project using documentary filmmaking, web development tools, and computer assisted design telling the stories of the ancient fort on the grounds of Lismore Comprehensive School that gives the institution its name –an lios mór or great fort. Because of the broad focus of the project, students from all academic backgrounds and technology skill levels will be contributing to the project.
Prior to travelling to County Armagh, students will meet to learn about the history of County Armagh—both in ancient times and in relation to the recently ended Troubles, plan and design new media approaches to the project, and discuss how we can best prepare as a team to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of teaching in what may be the first de-segregated classroom many of the high school students have ever been in.
Students have developed individual grant applications for funding to support their travel through on-campus organizations. The Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Kroc Instiute for International Peace Studies, the Institute for Study of the Liberal Arts, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, as well as the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, have all generously supported this groundbreaking program.
Logistical links can be found here.