08 – 12 November 2021

Additional Call for VIT&L Week Scholarship

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 innovation and 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 enhancement and scholarship and how it can enhance the student learning experience and support higher education staff as both teachers and researchers. The Showcase will provide an opportunity to share teaching and learning scholarship, evidence-based enhancements, research questions, methodologies, findings and insights, and prompt further discussion and conversation among those who teach and learn.

Call Details

The VIT&L Scholarship Showcase invites staff affiliated to Irish higher education institutions to share their teaching and learning innovation and research based on evidence-based enhancement and/or 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

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

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.

Important Dates

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

8 October 2021
Deadline for Option 2 submissions (poster + Gasta proposal)

On or before 15 October 2021
Confirmation of Option 2 submissions shared with proposers

15 October 2021
Deadline for Option 1 submissions (poster only)

On or before 29 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?

The showcase provides an opportunity to reflect on your evidence-based enhancement and/or previously published work, to consider its impact and to communicate to a broad audience what your findings mean for teaching and learning practice and for student learning. The following criteria apply:

  • Based on evidence-based enhancement and/or previously peer-reviewed publication (published or in press)
  • Full, majority or lead involvement from staff affiliated to Irish higher education institutions
  • Based on work completed between 2014-2021

Poster should contain the following elements and be submitted using the template provided:

  • Title – title of the research or evidence-based enhancement
  • Author(s) – name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the poster submitter(s)
  • Aims – aims of the evidence-based enhancement and/or research which has inspired the poster
  • Findings
  • Impact – reflection on what your work means for teaching and learning – impact: for you, for your students, your colleagues and discipline, your institution, or more broadly
  • Visuals – may include images, figures, tables, etc. as appropriate and in line with conditions and permissions
  • References – include any references cited in the poster (title, authors, date, etc.), including an active weblink/DOI
  • Optional addition – a student response to the research/evidence-based enhancement

Technical specifications and accessibility

Posters must:

  • 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)
  • 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.

In addition to the poster submission, the 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/evidence-based enhancement
  • 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.