The 30 universities and institutes of education in Ireland have signed the Education Alliance Agreement (EAA), which will bring next generation digital learning to third-level education in the country.
The Higer Education Authority, has started the initiative called 'The Combined Higher Education Software Team' (CHEST) to create digital learning environments within all third-level colleges across the nation. In the first phase, EAA will provide technical briefing at the Microsoft Campus in Dublin to all universities and colleges. The next stage will involve an onsite visit to each institute, where personalised programmes will be developed and implemented. The programme also aims to facilitate learning in an off-campus, virtual environment. The programme uses technology like podcasts, interactive collaborative learning and live video streaming, which will help bring Irish third-level education up to date and ahead of their European counterparts.