{addthis off} The judging of the second Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning took place at the Helix in Dublin City University recently. The judging panel comprised of a distinguished list of panelists, including Karlin Lillington (Irish Times), Muiris O’Connor (Higher Education Authority), Sheila Porter (SciFest Project Manager, Intel) and Brendan Tangney (Trinity College Dublin) and Paul Gormley (Irish Learning Techology Association Chair). The annual award for innovative teaching practice is in memory of Jennifer Burke, a well known teaching and learning innovator and a highly regarded friend of the Irish Learning Technology community.

Congratulations to John O’Connor from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) won the award for his Second Life project ‘Virtual Environments: Is one life enough?‘ John is head of the School of Art, Design and Printing, and his award-winning project earned him high praise from each of the panelists.


John O’Connor will present his project at EdTech2010 (the 11th Annual Irish Learning Technology Association Conference) and will be formally presented with his award at the closing session on the 21st of May, 2010.

The four other short-listed projects for the Jennifer Burke Award were truly innovative and captured the spirit of the Award perfectly, and we look forward to showcasing their achievements on the ILTA web site over the coming months. More information on each of the finalists and the judging process is available from the Jennifer Burke Award web site

Karlin Lillington’s has also written a heart-warming review of her experience as a panelist in the award process in the Irish Times.