Document Type

Conference Object


Adult and Continuing Education | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Higher Education | University Extension

Publication Details

This paper was presented at the 1st VPL Biennale, held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 9-11 April, 2014. Available online at:


As organisations focus on economic indicators and return on investment their approaches to learning and development opportunities are transformed. In a challenging, competitive climate there is a need to ensure that the long and short term benefits are maximised. This masterclass describes the experience and issues raised for Cork Institute of Technology, a Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Ireland in implementing programmes developed in partnership with industry which are mutually beneficial and maintain academic standards. It also addresses the enablers, challenges and barriers in customised course development.