Key Findings from the 2014 National Seminar Series

The inaugural National Seminar Series took place between February and June 2014 across the country in 28 institutions with 62 funded seminars covering a range of topics.

The Seminars were grouped into ten themes that reflected the Forum’s Enhancement Theme of‚ Teaching for Transitions and the Forum’s larger work plan.

From reviewing the submitted summaries the Forum has identified the following overall key findings from the 2014 National Seminar Series:

Sectoral recognition that the context of Irish higher education is changing

  • Many seminars focused on some aspect of the changing context of higher education whether it was student diversity, the changing role of academics, or changing methods of teaching
  • A strong number of research initiatives, largely qualitative, are being undertaken across the country in relation to teaching and learning

Nation-wide interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning

  • Lecturers, administrators, and teaching and learning staff are looking for support, training, and resources to undertake research into teaching and learning
  • Research is being used to inform individuals‚ and school‚ teaching practice, it is also being used to inform institutional policy
  • Lecturers, administrators, and teaching and learning staff are building international relationships with experts in the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Issues of transition in higher education are related to transitions in second level and primary level education. Collaborative approaches are needed

Teaching for Transitions is a sectoral issue that needs collaborative approaches

  • Issues of transition are of concern across a diversity of universities, institutes of technology and private colleges

The Seminars are grouped into ten themes that reflect the Forum’s Enhancement Theme of Teaching for Transitions and the Forum’s larger work plan.

 

Themes

  1. Transition to Learning Online (6)
  2. Learning to Learn (8)
  3. First Year Experience (6)
  4. Transition out of HE (3)
  5. Transition to STEM HE (8)
  6. Transition to Academic Writing (8)
  7. Transitions and Widening Participation (4)
  8. Transitions for Students with Disabilities (4)
  9. Key Innovations in Pedagogy (9)
  10. Professional Development Framework (7)

FAQs for seminar organisers

Transition to Learning Online

Learning to Learn

First Year Experience

Transition out of HE

Transition to STEM HE

Transition to Academic Writing

Transition and Widening Participation

Transition for Students with Disabilities

Key Innovations in Pedagogy

Professional Development Framework