23 institutions from Ireland’s higher education sector entered into a range of highly collaborative regional partnerships to host more than 50 technology-enhanced learning (TEL) events during February/ March 2016. The TEL weeks were supported by the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2015 (Building Digital Capacity) through the National Forum for the Enhancement of  Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

These TEL weeks were part of a national initiative by the Forum to work with a range of sectoral partnerships to implement the recommendations of  the roadmap for building digital capacity Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; A roadmap for enhancement in a digital world 2015-2017. The Roadmap articulates a strong vision for Irish higher education to needs the needs of an increasingly digital world

Recommendation 1: Prioritise the strategic development of digital capacity in institutional and national policy and quality frameworks in a way that supports
innovation for impact.

Recommendation 2: Strengthen and support collaboration within and between institutions, and with different parts of the higher education sector; develop shared policies and infrastructure that reflect the complexity of an increasingly digital world.

Recommendation 3: Develop a consistent, seamless and coherent digital experience for students in Irish higher education and actively engage with students and teachers to develop their digital skills and knowledge.

Recommendation 4: Develop a strong evidence base for enhanced pedagogy.
Through initiatives like the 2015/16 TEL Week, the National Forum’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund reflects and supports the enhancement and transformation agenda that is being pursued at both a national and European level. The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund is used strategically to optimise the synergies and scope that can be enabled by strong sectoral collaboration, or partnerships for maximum national impact. 

Upcoming TEL Week Events