Forum-Commissioned Research Projects

The National Forum funded a number of focused research projects which informed the Teaching for Transitions Enhancement Theme 2013-15.  Project teams were selected from HEIs across the sector following a competitive process facilitated by an international panel.  Successful proposals were then developed further and scoped in partnership with the National Forum. View full details of the background and application process here. The following are the seven focused research projects funded under the Teaching for Transitions Enhancement Theme:

Forum-Partnered Research Projects

The National Forum carried out research projects in partnership with representatives of bodies from across the sector, building upon the findings of focused research projects commissioned by the Forum:

Forum-Led Research Projects

Staff at the National Forum conduct research as the need arises. These projects often serve to inform Forum enhancement themes or lead from priorities set out by the sector. Completed and upcoming research projects are listed below:

Completed Projects:

Principles and First Insights from Sectoral Consultation on Building Digital Capacity

Strategic and Leadership Perspectives on Digital Capacity in Irish Higher Education

Technology Enhanced Learning Survey

Understanding and Supporting the Role of Learning Technologists in Irish Higher Education

Mapping Professional Development Pathways for Those Who Teach in Irish Higher Education: Where Are We Now and Where Do We Want to Go?

Upcoming Projects:

Investigating the Teaching Practices of Impactful Teachers

This project aims to explore how award-winning teachers approach their teaching practice and to understand how they explain their practice and in particular the impact of their teaching. Participants were chosen from among recipients of the National Forum Teaching Hero Awards.

Profile of Assessment Practices in Irish Higher Education

As part of the National Forum’s Assessment of/for/as Learning Enhancement Theme, a profile of assessment practices in the higher education sector is underway, due for completion by the end of 2016. This profile is being conducted in two parts. Part 1 focuses on Assessment OF Learning, recording the number, type, timing and weighting of assessments experienced by students in 30 randomly-selected Irish degree programmes across the ten International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) fields of study. Part 2 of the assessment profile is looking at Assessment FOR and AS Learning utilising mined data from assessment-related questions in the 2016 Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE).

Development of a Data-Informed Programme Assessment Review Process

Also as part of the National Forum’s Assessment of/for/as Learning Enhancement Theme, the development of a Data-Informed Programme Assessment Review (Di-PAR) process is planned. This process is intended for use by higher education staff in the Irish context. The project aims to draw on existing expertise within the higher education sector in the development of the Di-PAR process and determine how staff might make best use of existing data and literature in enhancing assessment practices at programme level.