Yesterday I had the opportunity to present some of my work at Stillorgan College of Further Education, where I was invited to talk to two groups of multimedia students. The college is based in Dublin’s South and focuses on further and adult education.
At first I really didn’t know what to expect, and coming from a Bachelor programme, the fact that most of the students already had some years of professional experience in different fields was something I was not used to. However this turned out be a absolutely positive thing.
Something you often hear in Germany about the Bachelor system is that it allegedly gives university programmes a very school-like character, where students merely hurry through their studies to get grades and their title.
In this sense watching the project work at Stillorgan College was fantastic, because students seemed genuinely interested in learning and bringing their own skills to the table.
The groups I got to meet were working on a touchscreen game for a children’s museum promoting sustainability (and using Adobe Flash), so there was much common ground with our ecoCheck project.
I hope I left the people there with an idea about the technical background of ecoCheck and with an impression of how even a seemingly small university project can develop into something significant.