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April 2021

Reflections on Blended Learning for Art and Design

15th April 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Learning Objectives • Peer to peer sharing of new models of practice for blended learning in Art and Design • Opportunity for sectoral networking to support future peer exchange • Point of reflection following a rapid period of change necessitated by the Covid-19 crisis • Focus on the core qualities of studio based learning and how these can be adapted into blended learning • Focus on the opportunities for new connectivity and flexibility presented by blended learning

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Teaming Up for Student Success in the Undergraduate Dissertation

27th April 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learning Objectives • Articulate one's own approach to undergraduate dissertation supervision as a teacher and/or as a researcher • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different models Identify ways in which a team approach can be applied to one's own supervision activities • Devise an action plan to implement this team approach in an online/remote/blended context

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May 2021

Professional Development Framework: Digital Portfolios and Communities of Practice

20th May 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learning Objectives • Identify international and national trends relating to professional development in higher education • Demonstrate the embedding of professional development into the GMIT curriculum • Showcase GMIT/Sligo IT professional development digital portfolios • Explore strategies for the further expansion of a ‘community of practice’ centred around the National Forum’s professional development framework

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November 2021

Teaching & Learning Approaches to EDI and Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Gender Equality

18th November 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr Gemma Irvine, Vice-President for Equality and Diversity at Maynooth University will share her experiences and insights on practices to date in integrating gender, EDI and Sustainable Development Goal 5 - Gender Equality in the curriculum in HE sector. The session will be followed by audience Q&A. Please register for the online session in advance and join instructions will be emailed closer to the day. This session has been developed in collaboration between Mary Immaculate College, Maynooth University and IT…

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Transform EDU Week Event 1 – Developing a Transformative Education Framework for Higher Education

22nd November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Transform-EDU aims to place transformative learning centre-stage in higher education. The project has focused on innovative approaches to learning where elements of structured programmes, co and extra-curricular events are purposefully integrated to create the rich learning environments that are required to foster transformative learning. We present a framework that recognises that, whilst learning outcomes are mostly achievable in structured discipline-specific academic curricula, 21st Century Graduate profiles demanded by employers are dynamic, requiring agile learning environments to produce graduates who meet…

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Transform EDU Week Event 2 – Education for Citizenship and Community Engagement

23rd November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Our key note presentation will focus on the role of Higher Education in developing society though engagement with civic society (third sector). A key function of Technological Universities is to serve the community and public interest by (i) developing strong social and cultural links with the community in the region in which its campuses are located, and (ii) fostering effective relationships with organisations involved in regional development – contributing to economic, cultural, social and scientific development of the State. This…

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Transform EDU Week Event 3 – Mental Wellbeing and Emotional Skills Development for the Workplace

24th November 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Mental health and emotional intelligence are integral to graduate employability and career success. In this webinar, we highlight the importance of social and emotional competencies and showcase Transform EDU's co-curricular approaches to their development in a series of workshops for final year students. The tailored workshops in Socio-Emotional Skills for Work (SES4Work) aimed at fostering graduate attributes associated with employability and career success in specific disciplines. We hear from a panel of students, mental health advocates, employers, and Transform EDU…

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Transform EDU Week Event 4: Contract Cheating – Valuing Teaching, Learning and Education

25th November 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Contract cheating represents a challenge to the academic integrity of the educational system. Although one single solution to contract cheating does not exist, the importance of an educative approach is recognised to ensure that students benefit from the learning opportunities offered to them. This lead presentation for the Transform-EDU Project held during Valuing Ireland's Teaching & Learning Week will review the characteristics of contract cheating, including how educators can recognise breaches. The presentation will also consider opportunities available for educators…

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Transform EDU Week Event 5: Developing Sustainability Literate Graduates – Adapting the UN Sulitest to Classroom and Aligning the Curriculum to the SDGs

26th November 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Universities have been mandated under SDG 4.7.1 to develop sustainability literature graduates. By sustainability literacy, we refer to the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that help compel an individual to become deeply committed to building a sustainable future (Décamps, 2017). In this webinar we explore the transformative nature of education for sustainability and underpinning reflective pedagogy. We outline a whole-of-university approach to ensuring that it is embedded across the curricula. We highlight approaches to measurement and evaluation and showcase the use…

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February 2022

Using MS OneNote for Practical and Portfolio Assessment

4th February @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learning Objectives Obtain an overview on the use of MS OneNote for practical work and portfolios Establish sustainable workflows for managing student engagement, submission, and feedback of assessment Explore student perspectives of using MS OneNote Share best practice in assessment of practical and portfolio work

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