National Forum launches A Snapshot of International & National Disciplinary Initiatives for Enhancing T& L

The following are the Key Issues that emerged from the snapshot’s Disciplinary Groups. Reflecting on the Partnership Dialogues initiative and international approaches to supporting disciplinary uptake and engagement with effective and innovative teaching strategies and pedagogies, the following key issues emerged: 1: Disciplinary groups are very diverse and have different priorities, needs and objectives. This…

Winner of the 2015 Expert Award Design Competition

Darragh Sinnott, GMIT Letterfrack is the overall winner of the National Forum’s 2015 Teaching and Learning Teaching  Expert  Award Design Competition.  This year’s runner-up award goes to Zuzana Jezikova, Limerick School of Art & Design. Commenting as this year’s Design Competition winners were announced, Dr Terry Maguire, Director of the National Forum said: “The Forum…

Focused Research Report No. 6: Transition From Second Level And Further Education To Higher Education

This project is a case study of the experiences of students in the transition to higher education drawn from four higher education institutions, Trinity College Dublin, Limerick Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College and University of Limerick. The aims of the project were to review the ways in which students are best prepared to participate…

National Forum Focused Research Project Reports 4

This project reports on a systematic survey of existing qualitative data on student non-completion gathered by 16 Irish higher education institutions, including Universities, Institutes of Technology and HECA Colleges. The findings of the current qualitative study identified five core themes which are significant in terms of student non-completion: course, personal, financial, medical/health and family. Of…

National Forum Focused Research Project Reports 1 & 5

Project 1 This report provides a considered account of some of the key issues which influence the sharing of open educational resources. These include questions of awareness and understanding of open educational resources at individual as well as institutional level, and the value placed on openness as a positive incentive for academic engagement. Acknowledging the complex interplay between…

Technology Enhanced Learning Report

Surrounded as we are by technologies, in almost every aspect of our lives, it is important that we are able to make sensible decisions about what works and what doesn’t work, about what facilitates and what encumbers and, importantly, about what inspires and encourages learning and creativity. This survey provides invaluable information about the current…