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March 2019

Getting Started with Professional Development – PACT

27th March @ 12:30 pm - 8th May @ 1:30 pm

Launch of Online Open-Access Professional Development Short Course for All Those Who Teach The National Forum’s open-access professional development short course ‘Getting Started with Professional Development – PACT’ is an exciting new opportunity for anyone who teaches in Irish higher education to receive recognition, in the form of a digital badge, for their commitment to engagement in professional development. The PACT course is now available fully online through the National Forum’s new VLE platform. What is involved? To complete the…

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Professional development on teaching international students through a language other than their mother tongue in a higher education context

29th March

Learning Outcomes: Participants will have a deeper awareness and understanding of the challenges facing international students and all learners studying through a language other than their mother tongue Participants will have strategies which they can implement in designing and delivering courses which will support learning through a language other than the mother tongue Participants will have a deeper awareness of theories and principles of language learning in the context of curriculum design Eventbrite link for registration will be available soon,…

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April 2019

Internationalising the curriculum for student success

5th April @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

We live in an increasingly globalised world that brings with it a myriad of complexities and opportunities.  The challenge of preparing students to participate fully in such an environment is more relevant than ever. This seminar by renowned expert in the area of internationalisation of higher education, Professor Elspeth Jones, will focus on ways to internationalise the curriculum and will enable participants to: Learning Outcomes: Appraise how internationalising the curriculum can support success for all students throughout and beyond their studies Evaluate approaches…

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Mentoring as a pedagogical approach in early childhood education and care

6th April

Learning Outcomes: Situate the role of mentoring in ECEC degrees Share good practice in training mentors Explore the role of technology in supporting mentoring Eventbrite registration link will be available soon, in the interim please contact the organiser directly for further information.

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Pigs might fly? Changing the assessment narrative through Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment – TESTA’s programme approach

9th April @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn how to take a programmatic approach to undersand and change patterns of assessment OF, FOR and AS learning Participants will gain an appreciation of student centred approaches to designing assessment and feedback Participants will be able to deploy TESTA research methods and change theories Participants will know how to integrate learning oriented assessment into curriculum design Participants will gather a wide range of tactics for making feedback more dialogic and personal, and AFL more meaningful

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Assessing threshold Crossing: Another look at a troublesome issue by Dr Julie Rattray, Durham University

10th April

Learning Outcomes To establish a common layer of discernment on the polysemous understanding of assessment To explore self-evaluation of current practises in assessment To explore and measure the common spoon feeding approach to T&L and how that is determining the limits of assessments"

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Accrediting systems of training for postgraduate tutors and lecturers in STEM

12th April @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learning Outcomes: Participants will assimilate knowledge of a best practice UK model of discipline specific structured training for HE staff which is amenable to accreditation Participants will assimilate knowledge of an innovative model of structured training for staff working in Mathematics Learning Support. This model, which is informed by National Forum Professional Development Framework, is amenable to accreditation Participants will explore how to transfer the models presented to discipline specific staff development in their own institutional context Participants will have…

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Mental health in higher education: Personal wellbeing for professional development

25th April

Learning Outcomes: After the conference, attendees should be able to: Describe the issues relating to mental health in HE Identify the importance of personal wellbeing in HE Discuss the representation of personal wellbeing in Domain 1 of the National Forum’s Professional Framework Develop procedures that safeguard staff mental health in HE Eventbrite registration link will be available soon, in the interim please contact the organiser directly for further information.

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The case for problem-based learning in the behavioural and social sciences

26th April @ 1:30 pm - 3:35 pm

Learning Outcomes: Compare and contrast different approaches to problem-based learning in the behavioural social sciences across a number of higher education institutions in Europe Evaluate some of the opportunities and challenges of implementing problem based learning in the behavioural and social sciences Discuss ideas for implementing innovative teaching approaches (including problem based learning) with colleagues from different disciplines, different institutions, and different countries Prepare brief action plan for how to incorporate new knowledge gained in this workshop into current teaching…

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May 2019

Peer coaching for the improvement of teaching and learning

1st May

Learning Outcomes: Participants will: Deepen their understanding of the nature of peer coaching Gain a heightened awareness of their capacity to listen with unconditional positive regard Increase their knowledge and expertise in the use of questioning to raise awareness Develop their skills in offering impactful feedback Construct an action plan to utilise the workshop content to improve their own communication skills so they can better support their peers Eventbrite registration link will be available soon, in the interim please contact…

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