The University of Limerick has a well-established reputation for seeking new ways of learning and developing innovative models for teaching and learning, as it recognizes the inherent value of linking local community knowledge with academic knowledge to enable positive social change. Civic and civil engagement lie at the heart of the university’s mission and drives UL’s commitment to education, research and knowledge exchange as catalysts for the transformation of the City and the region.
The UL International Practicum, from which the LIO Practica originated, was recognized internationally by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIED), selection of UL to host a Thematic Forum on ‘Community Engaged Learning’ in May 2018. The Limerick Inside Out (LIO) Practica (group) is an experiential learning module(s) that forms a vital part of the University of Limerick’s (UL) many community engagement initiatives and co-operation with Limerick City and County Council (LCCC).
The module is practice-led and co-created in and with a range of communities. Students co-create on accredited modules with our community partners on ‘real world’ projects, designed to address local needs, thereby actively participating in sustainable social change.