Aurion Learning to develop Digital Storytelling Resources for Community Relations Project, Border Lives

Aurion Learning to develop Digital Storytelling Resources for Community Relations Project, Border Lives

12 December, 2013

Border Lives, a new storytelling initiative run by Tyrone Donegal Partnership (TDP), has appointed Aurion Learning to help create a suite of interactive online learning resources that will educate others on life in the Border Regions during the Troubles.

Funded by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, the storytelling project will establish a website containing a series of short documentary films and ‘everyday’ personal stories capturing the experiences of those growing up, living and working in the Border Regions during the Northern Ireland conflict.

To complement and enhance the Border Lives project, Aurion Learning is developing a number of multimedia rich E-Learning modules that will be used as a training resource as part of a wider blended learning approach to conflict transformation.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Maureen Murphy, Managing Director at Aurion Learning said:

“As specialists in developing creative E-Learning programmes and digital storytelling, we are very pleased to partner with a local initiative and share our knowledge and expertise. Our main goal is to create a learning experience that local and international users of all technical capabilities will be comfortable using and will respond to well.”

Maureen continues:

“In recent years, the art of storytelling has made resurgence and although often over looked, stories are powerful tools for connecting, engaging and learning from. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to be involved in a local storytelling project and look forward to delivering a suite of learning resources that can help other local and international individuals and communities that have also experienced conflict and are currently undergoing a Conflict Transformation process similar to the one occurring in Northern Ireland.”

Conor McGale, Border Lives Project Manager added:

"Our project aims to use visual storytelling in innovative ways to capture the experiences of people who lived in the Border Region during the conflict. We believe that the project can educate and explore an understanding of our past in preparation for the future.

"We are delighted to have local company Aurion Learning as our partner for the E-Learning aspect of the Border Lives Project. We look forward to working with their experienced and skilled team."


Editorial Note:

About Border Lives:

Border Lives is an important storytelling project taking place in Northern Ireland and the Border Region. It will create six documentary films including stories from local people, archive film footage and photographs to give a picture of life during the troubles, and up to the present day. These films will be accessible to view on a purpose-built website for audiences both locally and internationally.

The Border Lives project is funded by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the Community Relations Council/ Pobal Consortium.

Border Lives is run by Tyrone Donegal Partnership which was established in 1996. TDP is a successful cross-border, not-for-profit organisation which aims to contribute to the improvement of the social and economic conditions, primarily in the counties of Tyrone and Donegal and the adjacent counties including Fermanagh, Sligo and Leitrim. To date, it has attracted almost £17 million of funding, most of which has delivered direct benefits to the target areas and its end users.

About Aurion Learning:

Founded in 2000, Aurion Learning is a full service learning and development company specialising in the design of online learning programmes and innovative learning and CPD management tools to client partners throughout the UK and Ireland in the public, private and third sector.

Aurion Learning also provides strategy and capability building services to help organisations develop focused online learning strategies and to develop their own online learning in-house.

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