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February 2020

“If Competency is the Answer…Have we Asked the Right Question(s)?”

12th February @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learning Outcomes Discuss a range of different perspectives on ‘competency’ Discuss the construct of personal development as a core competency Explain the principles of emotional intelligence as a tool for enhancing self understanding Explain how emotional intelligence ‘style’ influences personal and professional behaviours and outcomes Discuss the principles of effective conflict management and resolution and discuss how one's own personal conflict management style may serve as a barrier and/or a facilitator to more effective interpersonal relationships

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Using Games to Teach: Gamification and Game-Based Learning in Higher Education

13th February @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Learning Outcomes Explain the pedagogic rationale for using games to teach and identify when and how to apply a gamification strategy; Define the terms used in educational games, such as GBL, gamification, serious games, playful learning, and the various game elements that make a game for learning; Observe how HE practitioners have implemented games and gamification in their teaching, and the outcomes of such approaches; Share your own experiences of gamification in HE; Participate in one of two practical workshops, in which…

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Academic Developers on Theories of Change

13th February @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learning Outcomes: Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on networks that influence, or have influenced, their teaching and learning practice and evaluate how conducive these are to change in practice Participants will consider and discuss sociocultural perspectives in higher education, such as culture, organisational learning, communities of practice and leadership in a competing values framework Participants can review their experiences of academic development activities and analyse these in relation to theories of change Participants will have the opportunity to…

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Embedding Creativity in the Curriculum

14th February @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learning Outcomes Comprehend the importance of creativity in higher education Understand the principles of creativity in teaching in higher education Be equipped to embed practices that enhance student creativity in their teaching Enhance interdisciplinary thinking to support creativity in the curriculum Explore how to incorporate creativity to better engage students in the learning process

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Developing the Entrepreneurial Mindset through Teaching, Learning and Assessment

17th February @ 10:00 am

**Please note change of date** Learning Outcomes Explore best practices in teaching, learning and assessment in Entrepreneurship Education Debate how best to embed entrepreneurship in non business disciplines Share practice in teaching, learning and assessment that develops the entrepreneurial mindset

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ePortfolio: From the National Context to Your Individual Institution

20th February

Learning Outcomes: Participants will gain an understanding of current ePortolio levels and practices across Irish Higher Education institutions Participants will recognise the value of ePortfolio practice as a component of different pedagogies and across different contexts to enhance the quality of learning and teaching across an institution Participants will connect with peers and the wider ePortfolio Ireland Community to build connections to support further ePortfolio development for curricular and co-curricular activities

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Writing Key Policy Theories and Concepts in 1000 Words

27th February @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to demonstrate an appreciation for the importance of having short readings of topical issues Participants will be able to demonstrate an ability to write short summary pieces of important issues for students to read as an additional resource and publish short blog posts (500 word 'take home' posts; 1000 word blog post series) Participants will have an opportunity to network with other academics who share an interest in this technique

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March 2020

The ‘What’, ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Technology-Enhanced Assessment

5th March @ 9:30 am

Learning Outcomes Express an understanding of technology enhanced assessment Critically identify reasons for utilising technology enhanced assessment in participant's own practice Illustrate practical steps for embedding technology enhanced assessment in participant's own practice Develop digital rubrics and marking schemes for use in a virtual learning environment

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Developing Culturally Responsive Assessment in Higher Education

6th March @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learning Outcomes Reflect on own cultural identity and intercultural awareness Recognise the impact of culture on learning and assessment Examine relevant concepts and issues related to designing culturally responsive assessment e.g. multicultural validity, construct validity, intercultural education Explore and evaluate a range of culturally responsive approaches to assessment Identify opportunities to support the development of culturally responsive assessment in own disciplinary and institutional contexts

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June 2020

Online Event: Undergraduate Psychology in Ireland 2020 – 2030

17th June @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learning Outcomes Discuss participant's provision of undergraduate psychology as they are challenged to evaluate and develop their current systems in a rapidly evolving environment (e.g. changes to learner profile, mode and timing of engagement, market and progression route drivers) while maintaining alignment to professional body requirements Reflect on best practice in teaching and learning with regard to programme level strategy for learning design and assessment in the context of undergraduate psychology provision Examine ways in which a forward looking discipline…

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