The Virtualization Project in the South West College of Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland: A Case Study

This paper was the result of the combined efforts of my doctoral cohort.
Abstract:
This case study profiles Phase 1of the Virtualization Initiative of the South West College (SWC) of Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland. It draws on College documentation, videos, and interviews with senior management, the Virtualization team, and staff members. It seeks to examine and document the process of preparing, managing, and implementing the main elements of the first phase of the Initiative, including curriculum, pedagogy, staff development, learning environments and the technology infrastructure of the SWC. Set in the context of ongoing technology-driven societal change, it considers the role of further education in Northern Ireland, and the importance of visionary leadership in changing times, and it provides an overview of SWC’s Virtual Day and Virtual Week which were the culmination of Phase 1. It is hoped that this case study will encourage further development and research in the area of systemic virtualization of third level educational institutions.