Guest Post: Tips for Helping Children with Learning Difficulties

Learning disabilities is a term used to describe an assortment of learning problems. Children with learning disabilities do not necessarily have a problem with intelligence or aptitude. Rather, their brains function differently which influences how they assimilate and process information. There are many different types of learning disabilities and there is no “cure” for people … Continue reading


Guest Post: Help My Kid Learn

New website http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie For parents, guardians, family members (aunties, uncles, grandparents) and childminders of children aged 0-12 years. Provides ideas for fun activities that parents can do with their child to help develop their child’s literacy and numeracy skills. Part of the Department of Education and Skills “National Strategy to Improve Literacy and Numeracy among … Continue reading

Plottercutting in the hack lab

Minutes 04.03.13

Minutes 04.03.13   Notes from closing meeting – morning lectures (low attendance) – suggestion for pre-registration – seomra happy – people found location (seomra hard to find) – streams / season on topic => improve thematics / coherence => divide between thinking / tinkering / expressive workshops (expressive arts / narrative art) (madness / dreams) … Continue reading

Hacklab in action

Photos from Learn Something; Share Something; Do Something

Hey folks, thanks a million to all who offered their brains, brawn and talent to putting together our Learn Something; Share Something Do Something Festival. Thanks also to everyone who attended, we really appreciate the enthusiasm and engagement you brought to the event. It was lovely to meet everyone who came by for any of … Continue reading

‘Madness’, psychotherapy and medication

Notes from talk delivered 26th February at Open Learning Ireland Topics 0 – Stats 1 – History of mental illness treatment 2 – Modern ideas about mental illness 3 – Psychiatric / Personality disorders 4 – Diagnosis 5 – Psychiatric Medication 6 – Different types of treatment practitioner 7 – Different types of therapy 8 … Continue reading


Guide for volunteers @ Learn Something; Share Something; Do Something

Open Learning Ireland Background We are a volunteer run group dedicated to creating a permanent, open access learning space in Dublin city. This would be a volunteer run, free to access space, offering everyone the opportunity to teach and learn anything that took their fancy; emphasising non-coercive, peer learning and hands on workshops and labs. … Continue reading


Spotlight on workshop: Come Here To Me! on history and research on the Internet

Topic How to research history online, through interviews and using public archives. Content The writers of the Come Here To Me blog and upcoming book will speak on: – Setting up blog, FB and Twitter page for a project, history or otherwise. – Using history resources (newspapers, google books, google scholar, census records, old OSI … Continue reading


Spotlight on workshop: Using CeltX to write short films

Topic CeltX is a free open source solution for scriptwriting for radio, stage and screen. The software allows online collaboration and automatically formats scripts into a variety of specific formats, including screenplay and BBC radio. Content Lecture-dem, hands-on trialling, leading to a one or two page script! This will introduce wannabe scriptwriters to the free … Continue reading

Guideline for participants

Guidelines for Participants

Check out our guidelines for participants of Open Learning Ireland’s Learn Something; Share Something; Do Something Week of free lectures and workshops (25th February – 2nd March, Seomra Spraoi). The Guide includes directions, frequently asked questions and a lot of bad jokes. It’s also written in the style of a classic text based adventure game. … Continue reading


Weekly Meeting Minutes – 18.02.13

Open Learning Ireland Meeting Minutes 19.02.13   We have a venue! – Seomra Spraoi – Our event will take up several rooms in the space, providing us with additional capacity We have a new volunteer – Mariafelicia – Other new volunteers not at meeting – Sarah O’Keefe – Robert Mulligan – Naomi will handle volunteer … Continue reading


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