08 – 12 November 2021

VIT&L Week Scholarship Call

VIT&L Week will feature a Scholarship Showcase, including a daily scholarship hour and an online poster gallery. The Showcase aims to illustrate the inextricable links between teaching and learning, and research and provide an opportunity to highlight and disseminate some of the research on teaching and learning that is happening across the sector. Through discussion and sharing, we will come to a better understanding of the impact of teaching and learning research and how it can enhance the student learning experience and support higher education staff as both teachers and researchers. The Showcase will also provide an opportunity to share research questions, methodologies, findings and insights, and prompt further discussion and conversation among those who teach and learn, centred on the place of research in their learning journeys.

Call Details

This call invites those affiliated to Irish higher education institutions to share their teaching and learning scholarship, based on previously peer-reviewed publications. The VIT&L Week Scholarship Showcase will include work in two formats: digital posters and Gasta lightning talks. Colleagues can choose one of these two options for submission:

  • Option 1. Submit a digital poster (based on a peer-reviewed publication)

All digital posters which meet the criteria outlined in this call will be available from 08 to 30 November on the National Forum website.

  • Option 2. Submit a digital poster and propose a Gasta lightning talk (based on the same peer-reviewed publication).

In addition to submitting a poster, colleagues can extend their application to propose a Gasta lightning talk as part of the National Forum’s first Gasta Marathon. Where Gasta lightning talk proposals meet the criteria outlined in this call, they will be included in a longlist of proposals. Because there are only 26 scheduled slots in the Gasta Marathon, we anticipate that we will not be able to accommodate all of the longlisted proposals. As a result, the National Forum will randomly select 26 lightning talks, making every effort to ensure a range of representation across institutions, disciplines and topics.

The eligibility criteria for work shared in the VIT&L Week Scholarship Showcase summarised in the figure below and described in the following section.

Important Dates

01 June 2021
VIT&L Week Scholarship Showcase submission interface opens

30 June 2021
Deadline for Option 2 submissions (poster + Gasta proposal)

30 July 2021
Decision on Option 2 submissions shared with proposers

13 August 2021
Proposer acceptance/otherwise of Gasta slot

17 September 2021
Deadline for Option 1 submissions (poster only)

15 October 2021
Confirmation of Option 1 submissions shared with proposers

08-12 November 2021
VIT&L Week, including Gasta Marathon

What if I Have a Question?

Please direct any queries to vital@teachingandlearning.ie with the subject line, Scholarship Showcase.

What are the Eligibility Criteria?

All work shared in the VIT&L Week Scholarship Showcase must be inspired by previously published teaching and learning research. The showcase provides an opportunity to reflect on your previously published work, to consider its impact and to communicate to a broad audience what the research means for teaching and learning practice and for student learning.

Digital posters must:

  • be based on teaching and learning research which has either full, majority or lead involvement from staff affiliated to Irish higher education institutions
  • be based on a peer-reviewed publication, published or in press (e.g. journal article, book chapter, contribution to peer-reviewed conference proceedings)
  • be based on research published between 2014 and 2021 (posters will be accepted for this entire time period, however, we prefer to highlight more recent research and ask applicants to consider this carefully when choosing what to submit)

Only one poster per peer reviewed publication can be submitted. It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that there is no duplication of submissions.

Poster should contain the following elements:

  • title of the research
  • name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the poster submitter(s)
  • a short statement of the aims of the research which have inspired the poster
  • a summary of the findings of the research
  • a reflection on the impact of the research and what the research means for teaching and learning: for you, for your students, your colleagues and discipline, your institution, or more broadly
  • images, figures and/or tables as appropriate and in line with the original publication conditions and permissions
  • list of references as appropriate
  • full bibliographic reference (title, authors, date, etc.) to the published research which inspired the poster (including an active weblink/DOI)
  • a student response to the research (optional)

Posters must also:

  • be designed to be displayed as A3 (landscape orientation)
  • be written in plain English and be accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience
  • be reflective of the principles of universal design for learning
  • be between 750 – 1000 words (excluding title, authors’ names and affiliations, full citation details of the published research piece and any references)

Technical specifications and accessibility

• All posters must be submitted through the dedicated online form.
• Posters should be submitted as landscape pdfs.
• Accessibility is very important to us. It is recommended that visuals meet accessibility requirements in order for all colleagues to engage with your content. Posters should be reflective of the principles of universal design for learning.

• All posters should be accompanied with an alternative document which includes the poster text and describes each image included in the poster to visually impaired users accessing with screen reading technology. Only .doc, .docx and RTF files will be accepted as the alternative document.

Gasta lightning talks must:

  • meet the three criteria for digital posters, and:
  • be based on collaborative work which has been funded by the National Forum (e.g., National Forum Seminar Series, Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) Fund, T&L Enhancement Fund, Network and Disciplinary funding, Open Course development funding, National Forum partnership initiatives with other organisations e.g. USI)

Gasta lightning talk submissions must also:

  • agree to conform to the specified time limit of 5 minutes
  • outline that which is particularly interesting and/or novel about the research
  • be especially engaging – there should be a genuine and concerted effort to engage colleagues and to present in a creative, thought-provoking and memorable manner

The authors of each of the 26 lightning talks accepted for the Gasta Marathon will be invited to participate in a peer feedback conversation with another lightning talk presentation team in the weeks prior to VIT&L Week. The purpose of this feedback conversation is to encourage dialogue across teams and to allow colleagues to assist one another in ensuring that talks are engaging and demonstrate what the research means for teaching and learning. This process reflects the National Forum peer-support ethos and approach which is used in PD Open Courses.