The 12 Apps of Christmas: an innovative and effective online student and educator support


  • Frances Boylan Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland



Mobile Technologies, Mobile Apps, mLearning, Higher Education, Learning Technologies, Technology Enhanced Learning


The 12 Apps of Christmas course is a free open online course that has run at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland in both 2014 and 2015. The 2014 iteration of this course was aimed specifically at instructors and went on to win the Mobile Learning Division of the International E-Learning Award (iELA), and come joint third-place at the eLearning Excellence Awards run as part of the 14th European Conference on eLearning. The 2015 iteration was aimed primarily at students of all ages undertaking further education, third level education, and/or post-graduate study, but also included additional supporting information for educators. This case study sets out our experiences of designing and delivering the 2015 iteration of this innovative and effective student and educator support.

Author Biography

Frances Boylan, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland

Dr Frances Boylan is an eLearning Development Officer with the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland. At the time of writing, she is in an acting up position as the Head of eLearning Support and Development at the institute. She graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (NUI) with a BEd (Hons) and taught for a number of years at primary level before attending Trinity College Dublin to undertake an MEd, specialising in Educational Management, followed by an MSc in IT in Education. She pursued her Doctorate with the University of Sheffield, UK, where she researched the feasibility of borrowing the Failure Mode and Effects Analysis technique for the field of higher education and research. 


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