The National Forum in partnership with ISSE offered a series of workshops (April 2016) to highlight how ISSE can be used to enhance teaching and learning.
Each of the workshops has 2 aims:
- To provide an introduction to the ISSE data and to its interpretation to support heads of department/ school or faculty in interpreting the national and institutional data.
- To look at particulars areas of the survey that could be used to support the enhancement of teaching and learning at discipline level.
The following datasets are now available
- Science Maths Computing Engineering Manufacturing and Construction | Download
- Social Science Business and Law | Download
- Education and Training Humanities and Arts | Download
- Agriculture and Veterinary Health and Welfare Services | Download
The workshops were facilitated by:
Sean O Reilly ISSE and Terry Maguire National Forum
The National Forum in partnership with ISSE in 2014 offered a series of disciplinary workshops to initiate a discussion of how the ISSE data could be used to enhance teaching and learning. This was the first time that national-level disciplinary data from ISSE was available.
These data sets including the number of respondents represented are available below:
Some Insights from the Workshops
- Workshops attracted a range of individuals with different levels of previous engagement with the survey
- There was a strong confirmation of the value of the data (this was the first time national-level disciplinary data was available in this way)
- The discussions at the workshop highlighted the potential usefulness of the data at a departmental level in particular its potential to support programme development
- Getting accessible data at a department level within an institution is sometimes challenging and different models of distribution were being used within institutions (in some institutions ISSE data is centralised in CLT and rolled out to Departments, in others it was the responsibility of the institution researcher or the Registrar’s office or the data was analysed by one departments and then distributed to other departments)
- Some concerns were expressed at the capacity of institutions to engage with and interpret the data
- There is a need to capture good practice and learn from the range of approaches being used. This needs to be communicated at a national level
- There was confirmation of the benefit of partnership in making the data accessible. ISSE and the National Forum will partner in a follow up event that will combine all 3 years data and facilitate further discussion at disciplinary level
Forum Insight Reports
The following reports give a summary of the 2014 ISSE report: