An innovative initiative was recently rolled out in Dublin City University aimed at informing the direction of the University’s next strategic plan. DCU Fuse was a 24 hour public brainstorming session supported by technology developed by researchers at the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology.
The proprietary platform behind DCU Fuse is based on an open source discussion platform used by the likes of Twitter, Sitepoint, Github and Cisco. ADAPT researchers created a robust application that could connect the university with its stakeholders in a dynamic way, supporting multiple parallel online conversations and analysing the data gathered during the 24 hours exercise.
Commenting on ADAPT’s involvement DCU President Brian MacCraith said: “I have been hugely impressed with the expertise, commitment and collegiality of the ADAPT team, By any measure DCU Fuse was a success and that was due to a very professional, engaging and robust platform and interface.”
The conversation was open to the university’s 17,000 students, 1,200 staff and 80,000 graduates and members of the public with an interest in the university including business and local community. Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, got the brainstorming underway by opening the first session of the 24 hour conversation. Insights from the initiative will help shape the next phase of the university’s development by gathering opinions on how to approach areas such as student life, graduate employability, how to mainstream diversity across all campuses, research priorities and the opportunities and threats faced by international events such as Brexit.
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