Month: September 2017

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Recovery Colleges use a ‘hub and spoke’ approach and one of our Partners is Dundalk Institute of Technology, some key passionate people are building something very special in the Dundalk area.

Course Submissions

Each year the Dublin North, North East Recovery College invites recovery college community members to submit course proposals, which on submission will be considered for roll out during our Spring and Summer Terms 2018. 

If you have ideas for innovative recovery orientated programmes (including formats such as taster sessions to weekly sessional courses,) please complete and submit the attached course proposal template, each section of which must be filled in. 

If interested in proposing a course please also refer to the attached co-production guidelines and principles document which safeguards the the unique collaborative approach being taken by the Recovery College, in the development and delivery of all our courses.

All course proposals must be in no later than Friday November 10th.  Please note this deadline date has been extended

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Evaluating the Dublin North, North East Recovery College Student Experience

One of the critiques of Recovery Colleges in the past has been the lack of evidence to show that they have had an impact on individual’s experience of recovery and enhanced their learning experience. From the outset the Dublin North, North East Recovery College developed a robust evaluation framework that would explore both of these impacts. The framework has also been shared with the other six evolving Recovery Colleges in the South of Ireland, in the hope that we can all demonstrate positive impact on participating students.

The first part of our evaluation looks at the learning on each course from student’s perspective, to ensure that what was intended by the courses was actually being experienced by students.

A second part of the evaluation uses the CHIME recovery framework (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning & Empowerment) to establish if these aspects of people’s lives have improved as a result of participating in the Recovery College.

The third part looks at whether peoples personal recovery has been enhanced by participating in the recovery college and the fourth part looks at how or if the ethos, structure and general set up of the Recovery College has a positive impact on people’s lives.

At the end of year a focus group is also convened to look at the overall student experience of being part of the Recovery College. The evaluation report for the first year of college life will be completed in March 2018 and initial findings are looking good.