Students on campus at DkIT.
DkIT has launched a new Student Support Hub which will provide a one stop shop for students to access information about the wide range of support services available to them.
The new online Student Support Hub will open on the 25th January as part of the ‘Gateway to Success’ project, which aims to make student support more flexible and accessible.
It is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Student Services, IT Services, the De Chastelain Library, the Department of Computing Science and Mathematics and the Students’ Union. The Hub will complement the traditional supports by extending them online.
The Hub has been developed to meet the needs of DkIT students following a needs analysis which was conducted to identify student needs and identify how to extend supports.
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The Student Support Hub is available through DkIT’s virtual learning environment, Moodle, a platform students are very familiar with, and will enable students to quickly access support services and resources.
The Hub is a one-stop shop for advice and support on all aspects of college life including wellbeing and health, academic and learning supports, disability, careers and placements. It will provide fresh and engaging content and interactive features such as videos and online booking.
Given the current restrictions being imposed by the Covid pandemic it is even more important than ever that support is easily accessible and the Hub provides this by being available anytime from anywhere, across multiple devices.
Linda Murphy, Academic Administration and Student Affairs Manager, states:
“The DkIT Student Support Hub is a very welcome initiative which provides all of our students, both full-time and part-time, 24/7 access to information on all of our Student Services supports.
“Accessibility for all students has been the priority in designing this online portal, and having all of our services located in the one, virtual space reduces unnecessary barriers in accessing Student Supports."
Students’ Union Vice President for Welfare and Equality Caitlin Connor said:
“The Student Support Hub is a necessity for the welfare of our students given our current educational climate. It’s been a difficult task for our students to adapt to an online platform of learning. From a Students' Union perspective, it’s been a challenge to say the least in trying to adapt our engagement and interaction to an online platform.
We hope the hub aids in students continuing to avail of the tremendous support systems we have here at DKIT, alongside the Students' Union. It’s a credit to the Institute having a student hub launching as it merely reflects the hard work and dedication to ease pressure and ensure accessibility for all our students at DKIT. We urge all students to get involved with the hub.”
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