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October 2019

Evidence Based Strategies for Those Who Teach International Students

29th October @ 10:00 am

Learning Outcomes Examine evidence of strategies to support staff in teaching international students Develop strategies for student success Explore best practice across the sector

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Assessment and Feedback at the Module and Programme Level

31st October @ 10:00 am

Learning Outcomes Identify key concepts underpinning Programme Focused Assessment (PFA) that draw upon key findings/recommendations from the UK TESTA project www.testa.ac.uk and the TU Dublin LEAF Teaching Fellowship (Leading Enhancement of Assessment & Feedback) Review and rethink programme based assessment and Feedback strategies at institutional, programme and module level, taking into account current research findings within the context of existing institutional subject disciplinary practices Identify key assessment and/or feedback challenges/issues as a collaborative enterprise and work together to develop a…

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November 2019

Promoting Inclusivity through Universal Design for Learning

6th November

Learning Outcomes Identify and understand the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Discuss the advantages of applying UDL in third level education Evaluate approaches to UDL taken in other institutions and note successes and challenges in implementing UDL principles in different settings Apply UDL principles in their own practice to promote and implement an inclusive teaching and learning environment

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Exploring the Role of Higher Education in Supporting the Emerging Social Enterprise Sector

8th November @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Learning Outcomes: Discuss the growing importance of social enterprise to the Irish economy Debate the role of HEIs in the development, recognition and legitimacy of the social enterprise sector through curriculum development and other teaching and learning initiatives Assess the scope for HEIs partnering with Social Enterprises on curriculum-related projects e.g., applied undergraduate and postgraduate project work, case studies of local and regional social enterprises etc. Explore how HEIs can build the capacity of people already working within the social…

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Nurturing our Ethical Sensibilities as Learners, Teachers, Researches and Supervisors

8th November @ 10:00 am

Learning Outcomes To share good practice on how we nurture our own and our students' ethical sensibilities To acquire skills of reflection and practical tools for ethical thinking, reflection and analysis useful for our fields of teaching, research and student support To explore understanding of the 'every day' ethics generated by different kinds of research, much of which does not require ethical review To appreciate the ethical challenges posed by emerging kinds of research including technologically based research methodologies, ethical…

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Equality and Diversity: Developing Inclusive Pedagogical Spaces

26th November @ 10:00 am

Learning Outcomes Exploration of faculty understanding of diversity and intersectionality within the student cohort Reflection on personal, professional and collective lenses through which we view diversity within the student population Critically review normalised pedagogical practices Identification of changes in teaching, learning and assessment practices which might enhance the learning experience for all our students Scope out the potential development of a self study group to engage in collaborative research aimed at ongoing development/refinement of inclusive practice

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Religions and Beliefs in Changing Times (RBCT): Responses to Religious Belief Diversity in Educational Settings in the Republic of Ireland

27th November @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learning Outcomes: Learn how to use innovative methodologies and new approaches, e.g. belief circles, to explore personal beliefs (philosophical, secular, religious, spiritual, financial and political) Explore how to bring “beliefs” into educational spaces in a safe, learning environment whereby students are not humiliated, marginalised or excluded by expressing their beliefs Engage with the discomfort or reluctance that sometimes arises when addressing questions about a range of beliefs and values, particularly in classrooms Inform professional practice and gain insight on how…

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January 2020

Developing Teaching Portfolios

6th January 2020 @ 9:30 am

Learning Outcomes: Examine how Teaching Portfolios can play a key role in constructing your Professional Identity Identify the resources and approaches used in creating a Teaching Portfolio Discuss approaches on how to incorporate Teaching Portfolios into your teaching practice to become a critically reflective teacher Outline some tools and resources used for creating and developing Teaching Portfolios

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How Good Conflict Can Develop Creative Learning Communities

15th January 2020 @ 10:00 am

Learning Outcomes Understand the nature and importance of conflict in developing creative learning communities Be familiar with the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument Become more aware of your own preferred approach mode Explore and practice alternative conflict modes with peers Examine how different approaches to conflict can be harnessed to improve the learning environment for students and for lecturers

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The Self in the Professional Development Framework

22nd January 2020 @ 10:00 am

Learning Outcomes Reflection and exploration of what Professional Development (PD) is and how it happens in the context of the Professional Development Framework for all Staff who Teach Understanding of formal and informal learning and how PD can be part of normal working life Discussion and debate on the Self in Professional Development and the approaches we can use to discover Self (values exploration, reflection on learning and philosophy statements) Guidance on creation of Library and Teaching Philosophy Statements Understanding…

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