A Snapshot of Accredited Professional Development Provision in Irish Higher Education

The National Forum has launched the first of three snapshot reports arising from the professional development consultation: “Mapping professional development pathways for those who teach in higher education; Where are we now and where do we want to go?

This first Snapshot report presents an overview  of the existing accredited professional development (APD) provision in Ireland. It documents the programmes that are on offer, outlines their level and associated credits. In addition a qualitative analysis has been completed on the programme and modular learning outcomes of all identified provision to determine the knowledge, skills and competency development currently incorporated into teaching and learning accredited programmes across the sector. The outcome of this analysis provides an excellent foundation for informing a national professional development framework.  This first report comes in two parts. Part One profiles the different programmes identified including, level, associated ECTS credits, mode of delivery, recognition of prior learning (RPL), support offered to participants and numbers graduating from these programmes nationally.

The report’s second part provides a qualitative analysis of (i) the programme objectives and (ii) the associated modular learning outcomes to identify the key aspects of the provision. Finally a comparison of the intended modular learning outcomes and the programme objectives is provided.

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A Snapshot of International & National Disciplinary Initiatives for Enhancing Teaching & Learning

This second report provides an overview of the activities of disciplinary and network groups and their approaches to the enhancement of teaching and learning arising from a series of Forum Partnership Dialogues. It also places these activities in the wider context of international practices for supporting disciplinary enhancement.

Full Report

Towards a National Professional Development Framework for those who teach in Higher Education

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education held a consultation process on the establishment and management of a professional development framework for those who teach in Irish higher education. The consultation process ran from March 10th until June 10th 2015.

Consultation Documents:

Mapping professional development pathways for those who teach in Irish higher education: Where are we now and where do we want to go? Mapping PD Main Report

Mapping professional development pathways for those who teach in Irish higher education: Where are we now and where do we want to go? Mapping PD SUMMARY

Responding to the Consultation

Thank you to all who contributed to the online consultation process. Your feedback is very much appreciated. The consultation process is now closed. If you have any queries please email info@teachingandlearning.ie