For the past five years City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) have been working with the UK company Do-IT Solutions to create a unique set of digital screening and profiling tools to enable their colleges, centres, schools and other education and training providers they fund to better meet the needs of learners.
The initial phase of the project resulted in the CDETB Do-IT Profiler being successfully rolled out across all 10 Youth-reach centres across Dublin city. Following the success of this initial project, a second phase was initiated to extend the tool and model of learner support to areas of Adult Education Services and Further Education and Training colleges. Currently the second phase of the project is in pilot stage. Warrenmount Community Education and Development Centre are one of three Community Education Centres involved in the pilot.
What is the CDETB Do-IT Profiler?
CDETB Do-IT Profiler operates through a suite of modules, which the student completes online.The CDETB Do-IT Profiler system, is accessed through the internet, and following log on, a series of modules are presented to the student. Some of these are assessment modules, which look to quantify student strengths and weaknesses in key areas such as literacy and numeracy. Others are survey modules, which gather additional information about students including emotional well-being and background demographics. There are also screening tools for study skills and specific learning difficulties.
In total, the Do-IT Profiler produces an instant report with an executive summary, and also full detailed reports including detailed information from actual responses and timing, to guidance for intervention for each individual student.
Who are the people behind the CDETB Do-IT Profiler system?
The modules have been developed by the two founders of Do-IT Solutions- Professor Amanda Kirby, an international expert in specific learning difficulties including dyspraxia (also known as DCD), ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as dyslexia and Dr Ian Smythe, an internationally recognised literacy specialist.
They have extensive experience in the area of coordinating and managing projects and work with CDETB on a number of other initiatives which aim to provide an optimal service to all education stakeholders.
To date the project has already shown the potential to make improvements by producing individual learning plans; retention rates leading to better matching of a learner to training needs; delivering study skills; mapping emotional wellbeing and identifying barriers to employment and delivering appropriate guidance.
It is helping CDETB move toward a more joined up service. From the perspective of the project, this joined up service has two sides: 1) bringing together information to make a holistic view of the individual, and 2) that all aspects of the individual are presented to the relevant sections of the multidisciplinary team.
(Extracted from Do-IT profiler Pilot By: Aedamar Frawley
H2 Learning (CD ETB Partners in Profiler Pilot)