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October 2020

What Lies at the Heart of Education?

21st October

Learning Objectives • Offer fresh perspectives on what it means to be fulfilled and engaged as a teacher and educational leader in contemporary Ireland • Examine the role of teachers and educational leaders in creating positive learning environments for their students both within and outside of the classroom • Debate and question what lies at the heart of teachers’ and educational leaders’ values and ethos and how this informs their professional practice • Reflect on how teachers and educational leaders…

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The Business of Contract Cheating

22nd October @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learning Objectives • Inform the sector about the business model associated with contract cheating • Explore the motivation of learners who engage in contract cheating • Explore approaches to deterring academic misconduct by engaging learners

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Plagiarism and Collusion – Myth or Reality? Assessment for Future Needs

30th October

Learning Objectives • Enhance awareness amongst all those who teach of the types of plagiarism and collusion that are most prevalent • Enable debate on the evidence surrounding plagiarism, collusion and contract cheating • Encourage re-design of assessment practices to support learning and reduce possibilities for plagiarism and collusion • Embed self-reflection and create awareness of our own biases and assumptions and design strategies to investigate and improve our teaching and assessment approaches, that involve our students’ voices

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November 2020

Exploring the Experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority Students in Higher Education

3rd November

Learning Objectives • To discuss the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students in Higher Education • To explore diversity in the classroom • To explain and identify the concept of unconscious bias

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Redesigning Assessment and Developing Staff and Student Feedback Literacy

6th November

Learning Objectives • Elaborate on the meaning of feedback and distinguish between general feedback and feedback on assessment • Examine assessment strategies and consider how we can redesign assessments to provide opportunity for students to engage with and incorporate the feedback in subsequent assessments • Empower students as confident and competent evaluators of their own work by providing opportunities to incorporate feedback in subsequent assessment • Discuss the importance and types of feedback, including feedback dialogue • Recognize what students…

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Building Research Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

12th November

Learning Objectives • Discuss what Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can do to facilitate research in teaching and learning • Explore the motivations of lecturers to engage in research in teaching and learning • Compare and contrast viable initiatives that HEIs can offer to lecturers to encourage engagement in research in teaching and learning • Evaluate how structures and processes can be developed in HEIs to promote research in teaching and learning *This event was deferred from the 2019/20 National Seminar…

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Working On Reflection – Supporting Students to Reflect on Work Placement

12th November

Learning Objectives • Discuss the importance of using reflective practices for work based learning and assessment • Conduct a workshop for students pre-placement and during placement on reflective processes and methods • Provide feedback for students on their reflections • Assess reflections for work based learning

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Interactive Online Pedagogy for Adobe Connect

20th November

Learning Objectives • Participants will develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of why we want our students to have interactive lectures/tutorials • Participants will be learn about specific interactive activities to enhance student online experience and also create a positive experience for those delivering the online session • Participants will have an opportunity to reflect and design an interactive learning activity that will align well with their module and online/remote learning • Participants will also have an opportunity to share…

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Meeting Academic Professional Development Needs

27th November

Learning Objectives • Map specific Continuing Professional Development (CPD) areas that meet academics immediate needs and experiences • Explore the levels of personalisation of CPD that can be achieved • Identify professional development pathways preferred by academics • Align CPD provision with the Professional Development Framework

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December 2020

Communities of Practice: Challenges and Opportunities for Educators

4th December

Learning Objectives • Define the various types of communities of practice • Introduce some existing communities of practice and highlight best practice • Share the benefits and opportunities of communities of practice • Identify challenges and gaps in Ireland • Explore next steps with participants

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