By Mark AinsworthPublished November 08, 2018 9:30amUpdated November 08 and 11, 2018 2:45pmDublin, Ireland – You’re not just learning from video, you’re also learning from images.
Dublin’s National Digital Education Network (NDEN) is the hub for Ireland’s digital learner workforce.
NDEN employs over 300 people and offers a range of digital and visual learners across the three areas of digital media, education, and design.
NDENS graduates have access to NDEN’s online learning platform and have the ability to create their own course and course materials.
Digital learners are an increasingly important part of Irish life, according to NDENS chief executive, Mary Larkin.
“We’re at a moment when there’s a great demand for digital learning and we want to provide that to the next generation of Irish students,” Larkin said.
“We want our graduates to be able to find, create and share digital content to engage with and to engage in learning in the digital space.”
Larkin added that NDENS is also providing training in a range more traditionally found in higher education.
“It’s a bit like a cross between an online degree and an MBA.
You go online, you get a degree, you work at NDEN, you have access and you go back to your life,” she said.
In recent years, NDENS has seen an increase in the number of graduates seeking to move to the UK and Ireland from Ireland.
NDENTS’ digital learners are the first cohort to receive training in the UK, and in the first four years of NDENS’ existence, the organisation has recruited over 1,000 digital learners to work in its Dublin campus.
However, NDEN is a small and fast-growing organisation, and it has recently become increasingly dependent on its own staff to carry out the organisation’s business and operations.
NDENC’s staff are currently based in the city and are spread across four different campuses, including the National Digital Media Centre, the National Education Centre, and the National Creative Centre.
According to NDens CEO, Larkin, there is a strong demand for the digital learners in Ireland.
“There is a very, very strong demand in the Dublin region for digital learners, and there’s obviously a demand for them in Dublin too.
There’s a huge demand for a new generation of digital learners coming in to this sector and NDENS does an incredible job of providing that,” she explained.
“As well as offering digital training, NDens also provides online courses and digital content.
The NDEN online learning platforms are the biggest source of digital learning for NDENS.
They are where the majority of NDens digital learners come in and where most of the courses are taught.”
In the UK there’s also a massive demand for training, and we also see an increase of demand in Ireland, particularly in the social media sector.
It’s a demand that we’re all looking to provide digital training to.
“This is the type of digital training that is going to enable young people to connect with and share their own content and share with their peers,” Larkins said.
The NDEN digital learners work with NDEN staff to provide courses and online courses, and to provide training and certification in NDEN.
NDens has a number of training providers, including Baidu, Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft.
The training provider’s role is to teach NDEN graduates how to create, distribute, and share courses and content to NDENC users, and also to help train NDEN employees to manage the NDEN platform.
“I think it’s very important that we make sure that we are doing everything we can to provide our students with the best learning experience possible,” Larkson said.
“When NDEN was founded we had a vision that NDEN would be a service that provided a platform to all students to learn.
I think that is a really strong vision for NDEN to deliver for our students.”
While NDENS currently offers digital training for its graduates, Larkers said she hoped NDENS would soon expand its role beyond the education sector to the media sector as well.
“Digital learning in particular is a key area for NDens to provide, and as we move to other areas of the digital ecosystem, we will be looking at the opportunity to expand this role for our digital learners,” she added.
“Our NDEN students are not just learners, they are digital users.
We want them to be engaging with and creating content.
We have to do everything we possible to help them become successful in their digital learning, and I think this is something that we’ll be looking to do.”