Supporting and informing all those involved in the enhancement of teaching and learning

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Providing strategic guidance, oversight and leadership in pursuit of our vision and mission

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Forming an integral part of the structure of the national teaching and learning landscape

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Building collaborative partnerships and working towards mutual goals

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Our Vision

A valued and informed teaching and learning culture in Irish higher education characterised by innovation, inclusivity and collaboration which maximises the learning impact for students.

Our Mission

To stimulate and support a teaching and learning culture
in Irish higher education which:

  • Provides all students with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and flourish in their chosen careers and as citizens.
  • Encourages and sustains creativity, innovation, and research-informed practice in teaching, assessment, and curricular design.

Who We Are

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is Ireland’s advisory body for teaching and learning in Irish higher education. The National Forum works in partnership with representative bodies (USI, IUA, THEA, HECA), policy partners (HEA, QQI, DES), and the wider student, academic and professional services communities, to enhance teaching and learning for real impact on the learning experiences and outcomes of students.

Engaging with leaders, managers, teachers and students, the Forum mobilises expertise from across the sector to extend and shape good practice across all Irish higher education institutions.

An independent review of the National Forum, published in 2018, deemed it to be an ‘essential component of the national-level infrastructure for higher education in Ireland’ and recommended its establishment on a sustainable basis.

Our Strategic Priorities

The National Forum has identified four strategic priorities to December 2021:

The Professional Development of those who Teach

Embedding and further developing the national framework for the professional development of all those who teach in Irish higher education

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Teaching and Learning Enhancement within Disciplines

Supporting enhancements that are based on the particular requirements, disciplinary cultures and contexts of individual academic subject areas

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Teaching and Learning in a Digital World

Consolidating efforts to enhance the digital skills, confidence, competence, and creativity of those who teach and learn in Irish higher education

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Enabling Student Success

Guiding the development of institutional strategies and cultures that recognise the role of all staff in fostering student success

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