Find out more about the Diploma Centre's ‘mobile professional learning’ project below.
Mobile Professional Learning (MPL) Project
Accessibility is one of the key factors in providing post-qualification and professional continuing development courses for busy practitioners, many of whom are working full time. We are driven to provide practitioners with a variety of means to access our courses and consume content.
The ‘mobile professional learning’ or MPL project combines a number of technological initiatives of the Diploma Centre, involving the use of blended learning, iPads, a customised webcasting facility and an app designed specifically to facilitate a student-centred approach and place control in the hands of the student.
Read more about the MPL Project.
The Diploma Centre blended learning model for solicitors is unique in Ireland in that all of the courses are webcast. Students can watch the lectures live from their home or PC or play them back on demand at a time that suits them. Our customised triptych design for the webcast facility has an inbuilt message board and students can message the lecturer live thus adding to the potential for interaction and giving remote students a sense that they are part of the class.
Diploma Centre App
Further to our webcasting initiative, we were keen to improve and embrace an ‘anywhere, anytime’ philosophy and to adopt a mobile learning approach. This is an added feature to our webcasting provision which means that students are not dependant on internet connectivity to access lectures. The development of a customised app facilitates downloading webcast lectures to a mobile device, allowing busy professionals to learn on the move, be it on the commute, at the gym or in court.
The app allows you to download and watch lectures offline and includes the lectures slides synced to the video.
Diploma Hub is a learning management system that is engineered to meet the needs of students. The Moodle page for ecah course is designed to be a ‘one-stop-shop’. All lecture information, webcast links, online evaluation forms, discussion forums and chat room links were all made available to the student on the course page.
How to login to Diploma Hub
- Go to https://lawschool.lawsociety.ie
- Enter your username and password. You will be advised of your unique numerical username in advance of commencing the course. The initial password is set to ‘changeme’.
- You will be prompted to change your password to something secure that you will remember.
If you have any login queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a sense of the Diploma Centre Massive Open Online Courses in the videos below:
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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
A MOOC is a free online course that is open to all and specifically designed for large numbers to participate. The annual Law Society of Ireland MOOC presented by the Diploma Centre embraces the Law Society’s access to legal education and the legal profession approach.
In 2014 the Diploma Centre launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Aviation. This course ran for six weeks and covered an introduction to aviation leasing and finance and its beginnings in Ireland, technical basics, legal, financial and commercial.
In 2015 we focused on the growing area of Technology Law. Technology has brought exponential change not only in our personal lives but also in professional practice, in terms of how legal practice is managed, the software used and the legal issues confronting clients in business. The MOOC, ‘Understanding the law in a digital age’, explored emerging issues of relevance to entrepreneurs who seek to exploit opportunities in this digital age and to existing organisations who must engage online to prosper. It also examined the importance of regulation, data protection, online privacy and the legal implications of rapidly-growing use of social media.
Our most recent MOOC The course, ‘Privacy, a human right for the digital age’, was delivered online over five weeks and comprised presentations from experts in data protection and digital privacy, live online discussions and assessments, and the balance between an individual’s right to privacy and the efficient use of data by companies and other organisations. Specific content such as cyber security threats, the EU-US Privacy Shield – or the ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement as it is known – and the impact of emerging technology, including drones and ‘the internet of things’, are extremely topical and of interest to a wide range of people.
On Thursday 9 June we concluded the 2016 MOOC in Data Protection with a live panel discussion. The opening address was given by Minister Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs, Data Protection, and the EU Single Digit Market. The panel consisted of Jeanne Kelly (Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran), Simon McGarr (McGarr Solicitors), and Daragh O’Brien (Managing Director, Castlebridge Associates).
We will be running a new MOOC in 2017, Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information early next year.