There are more and more strategic reports and policies being written about higher education at the national, EU, and international level. Oftentimes these reports are lengthy and hard to navigate. But they provide useful context and data for situating the work of people involved in higher education.

The National Forum put together an issue of Forum Insights so that stakeholders in higher education can access summaries of relevant reports.

We welcome proposals for future Forum Insights, so if there is a report you would like to see in an Insight please let us know at admin@teachingandlearning.ie with the subject line‚ Forum Insights.

Recognition of Prior Learning in Irish Higher Education (March 2017)

This insight aims to build a common understanding of recognition of prior learning for Irish higher education. Building on existing good practice, it explains the various forms of learning that can be recognised and outlines the conditions which can assist staff to ensure that the potential of every student to succeed is optimised.

Expanding our Understanding of Assessment and Feedback in Irish Higher Education (March 2017)

This insight aims to expand our understanding of the terms associated with assessment within the Irish higher education sector. It is the result of a number of national conversations organised by the National Forum with staff and students across the sector regarding how assessment might be defined and understood within an Irish context.

Authentic Assessment in Irish Higher Education (March 2017)

This insight summarises the outcomes of a National Forum workshop on authentic assessment attended by representatives of disciplines and networks from across the country. It explains the rationale for authentic assessment and presents some characteristics of this assessment approach. Presenting authentic assessment as residing on a continuum of authenticity, this Insight elaborates on some examples of assessment tasks with varying levels of authenticity.

Report: Profile of Assessment Practices in Irish Higher Education (March 2017)

This insight summarises the main findings from the recent report which profiled documented assessment practices across a sample of 30 undergraduate degree programmes. The study explored whether and how assessment practices differ between fields of study and shared insights regarding students’ experiences of assessment across Irish higher education.

Learning Analytics: Benefits for Institutions (March 2017)

Learning analytics enables institutions to leverage their data, a resource which is already available and abundant, to realise a variety of outcomes including augmenting student learning, enhancing the student experience, increasing students’ engagement with their studies and improving retention. This Insight is intended for HE senior managers and all who wish to gain a greater understanding of the potential applications of learning analytics.

Assessment OF, FOR and AS Learning: Students as Partners in Assessment (December 2016)

This Forum Insight aims to give both students and staff some initial thoughts on how they can facilitate students to become partners in the assessment process. It builds on the outputs of a workshop organised in partnership between the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. It presents both ideas that students have some control over and ideas that staff could consider in their assessment designs.

An Introduction to the Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining for Learning Impact Project (December 2016)

This Forum Insight introduces the key concepts of learning analytics and educational data mining and summarises the National Forum’s Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining for Learning Impact Project, which runs from September 2016 to June 2017.

REPORT: Transition from Further Education and Training to Higher Education (October 2016)

The first enhancement theme of the National Forum focused on transitions into and through higher education. Based on surveys and interviews with FET students, the research summarised in this insight begins to fill an important gap in our understanding of transitions, and it recognises the often substantially different experiences of those entering higher education from school, and those entering from the FET sector.

ENHANCEMENT THEME: Assessment OF, FOR and AS Learning: Continuing the Debate and Creating a Focus (August 2016)

Assessment OF, FOR and AS Learning is the National Forum’s enhancement theme for 2016- 2018. The National Seminar Series 2015-2016 has already facilitated some initial conversations on this theme. Feedback captured at the National Summit for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2015 highlighted the significant changes to assessment practices and policies that could be driven by this enhancement theme.

Some Key European and National Teaching and Learning Policy and Practice Documents (June 2016)

This Forum Insight presents a summary of some of the key European and national teaching and learning documents (see summary table overleaf) which can be used to encourage on-going dialogue and to inform teaching and learning enhancement within the context of wider drivers and issues.

Year 1 Feedback Project (April 2016)

This Forum Insight is both timely and relevant as the scope and form of the new enhancement theme, Assessment of/for/ as Learning is being delineated. The attention of this Insight centres on the area of feedback in the first year arising from recent findings of the Teaching & Learning Enhancement funded project Supporting Transition: Enhancing Feedback in First Year Using Digital Technologies (Y1Feedback).

2014 ISSE Report – Forum Insights

The following reports give a summary of the 2014 ISSE report:

Teaching Heroes – Accounts of their Personal and Professional Approaches to Teaching

This Forum Insight paper summarises key findings from a piece of qualitative research undertaken by the National Forum to explore the personal and professional approaches to teaching of the first group of Teaching Heroes (2014).

Digital Learning: Myths and Reality

As part of the report, Teaching and learning in Irish Higher Education: A Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World 2015-2017, this forum insight looks at some of the myths and reality of digital learning.

What does it take to be a Teaching Hero?

Exploring students’ perceptions and experiences of impactful, transformative teaching in Irish Higher Education.

Technology Enhanced Learning

A report commissioned by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education on summary results arising from the National Forum 20Qs TEL SURVEY (March 2015).

Strategic and Leadership Perspectives on Digital Capacity In Irish Education

A report commissioned by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education on Mission-based Performance Compacts and the Realities of Academic Leadership (February 2015).

High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education

Report to the European Commission on New Modes of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (October 2014).

Online Learning Task Force

Collaborate to Compete: Seizing the Opportunity of Online Learning for UK Higher Education: Report to HEFCE by the Online Learning Task Force (January 2011).

Quality of Teaching and Learning in Europe‚ Higher Education Institutions

Report to the European Commission on Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning in Europe‚ Higher Education Institutions (June 2013).

National Forum Focused Research Projects – Forum Insights

The following are the Forum Insights for each of the National Forum Focused Research Projects:

National Forum Disciplinary Group Funding – Forum Insights

The following are the Forum Insights for each the Disciplinary Groups working with the National Forum:

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2015

The following are the Forum Insights for each of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects funded through the 2015 call:

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2014

The following are the Forum Insights for each of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects funded through the 2014 call: