Consultation is now closed (Tuesday 5th April, 2016). Thank you for your contribution.

National Guidance for the Professional Development of Staff who Teach in Higher Education
March 2016 (Draft for Consultation)

One key aim of the National Forum’s work plan is the creation of a professional development framework for those who teach in Irish higher education. The National Guidance for the Professional Development of Staff who Teach in Higher Education sets out guidance to staff and to managers for the professional development (PD) of all those who teach in Irish higher education.

The approach to professional development articulated in this document brings coherence through synthesis to the range of accredited and non-accredited provision already in the sector. It attempts to describe the breadth of teaching, learning and scholarship activities in a modern higher education environment. Based on the consultation, it sets out the values, domains and learning phases that are considered to represent the essence of these activities overtime. It is intended as a guidance document for either staff responsible for developing professional development provision or staff considering their own professional development.

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We would welcome your comments. Please comment on the document in relation to:

  • To what extent do the 5 domains identified validly represent the expectations for the knowledge and expertise of those who teach in higher education?
    Please consider the wording that could be used to describe the learning phases. Remember they are not hierarchal.
  • Have you any suggestion for additions or changes to the current elements (statements)? Elaborate on why this is the case.
  • What other questions could be included in each domain to guide and differentiate those in different learning phases as they reflect?
  • Are there any resources that you are aware of, or currently using, which you would recommend for inclusion as resource relating to elements of the domains?
  • Please review Appendix 3. Do you think this view of scholarship captures the breadth and diversity of scholarship in teaching and learning? Are there other ways to do this? Are there other examples that should be included?

Consultation is now closed (Tuesday 5th April, 2016). Thank you for your contribution.

A Resource for Planning Personal Professional Development: Individual Staff
March 2016 (Draft for Consultation)

This document is a resource to support staff in a structured process of reflecting on, planning, gathering evidence and validating their professional development. It encourages staff to prioritise professional development that is relevant to their working context. It gives some suggestions on how to manage the evidence of their PD activities. Although the current document will be piloted in paper form, it is proposed that at the point of implementation, it will be developed as an electronic resource to support sectoral level enhancement.

This document proposes a ‘Process for Evidence-based Reflection, Planning and Validation of PD’ for supporting the individual and should provide a useful resource for the sector. The development of an RPL framework work will complement the process proposed, in addition, the provision of nationally recognised badges will acknowledge staff achievements and support staff mobility across the sector. It is anticipated that this resource, once piloted will be developed into an integrated online resource for staff across the higher education sector.

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We would welcome your comments. Please comment on the ‘Process for Evidence-based Reflection, Planning and Validation of PD’ in relation to:

  • Clarity of purpose and description
  • Anticipated usefulness in practice (perhaps as a customised online interface)
  • Comprehensiveness/completeness for evaluating and planning professional learning and development activities
  • Are there any aspects of professional development for staff not covered within the consultation document (excluding the role of institutions which is not the remit of either particular document)?

Consultation is now closed (Tuesday 5th April, 2016). Thank you for your contribution.

Proposed Conceptual Model

A Conceptual Model for the Professional Development of those who Teach in Irish Higher Education: Report on the Findings of the Consultation Process (January 2016).

This report presents a conceptual model for professional development, based on the findings of a comprehensive national consultation process. It highlights the sector’s understanding of professional development, identifies some underlying values for the model and suggestions some teaching and learning domains for structuring the process. It presents some of the ideas and challenges for the model’s implementation and it concludes with some next steps in the professional development process.

The proposed conceptual model for the professional development of those who teach in Irish higher education was launched at the The National Summit for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 2015.

A Conceptual Model for the Professional Development of those who Teach in Irish Higher Education

A Conceptual Model for the
Professional Development of those who
Teach in Irish Higher Education (December 2015)