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February 2022

Why the Humanities Matter

1st February

Learning Objectives To gain an understanding of the scholarly importance of the humanities in our world To enhance our appreciation of the public value of studying the humanities To investigate how we can increase engagement with the humanities as an academic discipline To discuss the value of research in the humanities

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ePortfolio: Enhancing Student Engagement through Reflective Writing

3rd February @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning Objectives Identify the challenges faced by students when they engage with ePortfolio writing Examine ways to support students in writing effective reflections on their learning and experience Critically assess some ‘case study’ examples of international best practice associated with writing reflectively for ePortfolio Reflect on how these successes and challenges might transfer to an Irish higher education context, and discuss ways to enhance student engagement through reflective writing Speaker: Professor Kathleen Yancey

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I@H: Curriculum Review and Integrating Internationalised Learning Outcomes

15th February

Learning Objectives Identify opportunities for success for all ‘at home’ students through an internationalised curriculum Assess the challenges associated with the implementation of an internationalised curriculum for all ‘at home’ students Evaluate ways to internationalise the curriculum for all through on-going curriculum review processes Reflect on ways to write internationalised learning outcomes and discuss their impact on programme design Speaker: Professor Elspeth Jones

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May 2022

Difficult Events, Different Narratives: Strategies and Capacity Building for Teaching, Learning and Assessing Contested Issues in Modern Languages, Applied Linguistics and Journalism

4th May

Learning Objectives Identify key issues that impact upon teaching, learning and assessment in Higher Education when engaging with contested events and narratives in the fields of Modern Languages Applied Linguistics (MLAL) and Journalism Explore strategies used within and across disciplines towards the pursuit of best practice in the teaching, learning and assessment of contested events and narratives Establish the areas where further professional development is required and amendments to current practice could be implemented Experiment with teaching, learning and assessment…

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June 2022

Enhancing Student Engagement in Language Learning: Shared Perspectives

10th June @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Learning Objectices Identify student and employer perspectives on language proficiency Analyse the findings of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) research projects in relation to possibilities for future development Examine student engagement with languages within contemporary culture Ascertain pathways forward for linking the language teaching community in WIT with language and career guidance teachers and industry partners in the South-East region and beyond

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