BLOG: Update On Speeds Project – Social Policy Education: Enhancing Digital Skills

The aim of the SPEEDS project* is to expand social policy educators’ digital capacities in teaching and learning contexts through partnership with instructional designers, e-Learning experts, and learning technologists in participating institutions. In the process, social policy educators will be transformed into ‘Digital Champions’, whose journeys will be documented throughout the process, providing a map for…

BLOG: Aligning Maynooth University’s Accredited T&L Programmes With The National PD Framework (Project Update)

This is an update on the Aligning Maynooth University’s Accredited T&L Programmes with the National PD Framework project. This project has three main aims. First of all, we will benchmark Maynooth University’s two accredited T&L Programmes —our Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Tutors and Demonstrators (CTL1) and our Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education…

BLOG: Is Teaching And Learning Every Manager’s Business? The Challenge Of Creating Teaching And Learning Champions In The West/north West Regional Cluster

“I am not sure of the relevance of this to non-academic staff, but perhaps you may advise otherwise?” This was part of an e-mail I received from a manager responding to a request to complete the Teaching and Learning Champions Benchmarking Survey. The survey was circulated less than a month after the May 2017 launch…

Evaluating the PDF Pilot Studies

Evaluation Strategy As we are coming to a close of the implementation of the PDF pilot studies across the HE sector, the evaluation phase is getting underway. Online survey to all 230 pilot participants; this is available from 1-20 June 2017 for completion. Group Interviews between 10 PD expert advisory group members and either the pilot…

Updates on Events and Outputs: Assessment Theme (April 2017)

Some Recent Outputs of the Assessment Enhancement Theme.  Over the last few months there has been some interesting outputs from the National Forum Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning Enhancement Theme that you may find useful:   Insight on ‘Authentic Assessment’: This Insight, done in conjunction with the National Forum Network/Disciplines group, presents an overview of authentic assessment.   Insight on…

How is Learning Analytics Perceived by (a group of) Irish Students?

When talking to HE staff about Learning Analytics, the major concern that comes up is normally around privacy. ‘Big Brother’, ‘Snooping’, ‘Surveillance’, we’ve heard them all aimed at analytics at one time or another. However, student surveys from countries and institutions that have adopted analytics tend to be pretty comprehensively positive. Students appear to have…

New Forum Insight – ‘Learning Analytics: Benefits for Institutions’

I’m delighted to announce that we have released a new National Forum Insight entitled ‘Learning Analytics: Benefits for Institutions’ (available here). This concise guide, which will be of interest to institutional managers and strategic planners, highlights the many ways in which an effective analytics strategy can support many of the key functions within HEIs. These…