And the Oscar goes to ... School of Tourism LYIT

And the Oscar goes to ... School of Tourism LYIT

And the Oscar goes to ... School of Tourism LYIT

Students and staff at the LYIT School of Tourism have produced their own film productions, aimed at bringing international expertise and show ‘real live' work scenarios to students. They mightn't win an Oscar but this online material could bring much more effective results for learning as part of a new exciting Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) project just launched.

LYIT School of Tourism is embarking on an ambitious project using virtual learning techniques to showcase best practice and demonstrate key skills expertise. Starting in February 2011, with funding from the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR), short film productions will present modules from Pastry & Confectionary to Hotel Front Office Management and will be used as a remote learning resource for students both on and off campus via the web.

The idea is to feature best in class expertise from around the world and use film as a way to show common situations in a real setting. In confectionary terms the production will show demonstrations from top international pastry Chefs renowned in their fields such as, Luc Debove, Head of Patisserie at the Grand Htel du Cap-Ferrat in Nice, France, and Jean Luc Kenneally, Head Baker at this highly acclaimed five star hotel. Their specialist skills include Ice Sculpture, Sugar Displays, Chocolate and Ice Creams. All of these skills will be captured on film for students to refer to and pick up first class skills in this art.

Both chefs are no stranger to the School of Tourism and regularly conduct Master Workshops to students and industry professionals. The filming will take place in the pastry kitchens and cookery demonstration theatre at the Killybegs' Campus, with the able supervision of Noleen Boyle, Pastry Lecturer.

The Hotel Front Office Management production will demonstrate customer service, management of staff and technical skills in IT and will be filmed at Harvey's Point Hotel. It will show the most common work-based scenarios, which can be used in both the class-room and industry to provide a basis for the development of standard operating procedures for staff training. Rosemary Dewhirst, Lecturer in Hospitality Management at LYIT School of Tourism, will oversee filming. It will form part of the development of a HETAC Level 6 Minor Award in Hotel Front Office Management, and HETAC Level 6 Certificate in Hotel Front Office Management which is currently offered by the School of Tourism.

The movie clips will be produced and edited by Fast Forward Productions, who are on site with a film crew, and the roles involved in the Front Office scenarios will be played by professional actors from JEL in Sligo. Speaking at the launch of these exciting projects, Ciarn hAnnrachin, Head of Department of Hospitality and Tourism and Project Manager for online learning at the School of Tourism, welcomed this development as a first in hospitality and culinary arts education in Ireland. He outlined plans to offer online learning to current students and past graduates working in industry through a variety of full-time, part-time and professional development programmes on campus and through distance education. "There is an identifiable gap in the provision of this type of training material for the Irish industry. Products that are currently available are either from the UK (produced in the 1980s) or from the US/AUS and inappropriate for the Irish tourism context. This project brings ‘real life' situations and the latest international expertise straight to the learner whether on campus or not. We're very pleased to be the first to do this in this sector."