The TRIO Project




Please note that this project is now complete

Study online for the Higher Education Certificate in Technology, Research and Innovation (TRIO) offered by the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE), Swansea University. If you run or work for an SME or Community Enterprise, or if you work in the Voluntary Sector, the TRIO Level 1 Certificate will help you to upgrade your technological and problem solving skills within your work environment.

You’ll be using the newest technologies in both learning and creating so if you like the idea of learning about and using blogs, podcasts, videos, chats etc. this is the course for you! And don’t worry, the first module will be taught in the classroom and will give you all the skills you need to use all these technologies with the security of a group of experts on hand to guide you through the early days!

Best of all, if you work in Carmarthen, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf or Swansea it’s completely free for a limited period.

Field of study

You’ll be researching what goes on in your work place and by the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate a practical knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of new technologies and social software
  • various concepts of critical analysis, action research, information literacy
  • the application of research techniques and innovative technologies to your workplace
  • developments in community enterprise and/or e-commerce

The teaching and learning environment

The TRIO Environment

The course takes place in a fully customised online space; a co-operative learning environment where people work and learn together. Students work with tutors as well as with fellow students. The course supports students in reflecting on their own practice, learning from research, and taking part in online projects and activities.


The online environment provides a supportive framework and a dynamic forum, providing a rich learning experience. Course materials will include tailor made resources in a variety of forms, including video, documents, slideshows and podcasts. In addition to this, students will be expected to make good use of resources available more widely on the Internet and elsewhere.


Students need to be committed to devoting time interacting with fellow students and tutors online, creating blogs, taking part in online discussions, reading academic papers and books as well as carrying out research and producing assignments.

ESF Funded