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March 2020

AHEAD Conference 2020

26th March - 27th March
Croke Park Dublin, Ireland

The 2020 Conference of the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) will take place in Croke Park on 26-17 March 2020. The theme of the conference is ‘Through the Looking Glass. Reflecting on Inclusion from the Boardroom to the Classroom’. This international conference will ask contributors and participants to reflect on how we can support community approaches to including our diverse learners and shine a light on good practice in further and higher education across the globe. The…

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Diverse Learning Environments: Creating a Campus Climate for Student Success

31st March @ 10:00 am

Learning Outcomes Identify the different perspectives about student success how it is viewed by students and universities Reflect on the needs of diverse undergraduate student cohorts and how they are currently supported Consider the elements /dimensions of campus climate that contribute to and inhibit success in an diverse learning environment Develop strategies to promote campus climate that will enhance student success for all learners

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April 2020

Building Research Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

2nd April @ 9:30 am

Learning Outcomes Discuss what 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

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How the National Professional Development Framework for all Staff who Teach in Higher Education in Ireland can Inform Continuing Professional Development for Library Staff

7th April @ 11:00 am

Learning Outcomes Demonstrate a greater awareness of the Professional Development Framework for all staff who teach in Higher Education Develop a clear understanding of the value of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for library staff and the varying approaches to CPD Consider practical steps on using the framework facilitating a reconsideration of library practice and CPD Garner insight into key learning from the L2L project, including how to use resources created from this project Share experience from the L2L project including…

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Empowering Staff to Engage with Student Success: A Facilitated Conversation

21st April

Learning Outcomes Explore what Student Success means to them as a member of staff Develop an understanding of their role in creating a culture and environment for Student Success on their campus Identify challenges and barriers that undermine staff engagement with Student Success Learn from colleagues about successful staff engagement initiatives at other institutions Create an action plan to take back to their home institutions that will empower staff across all levels to engage in Student Success

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Engaging with the Professional Development Framework: User Perspectives

23rd April @ 10:30 am

Learning Outcomes Promote engagement with, and implementation of, the Professional Development Framework in participant's institutions and across the HE sector Share experiences of different approaches to implementing the Professional Development Framework in HEI Discuss the benefits and challenges of utilising the Professional Development Framework Design or employ a user guide to facilitate the implementation of the Professional Development Framework Network and engage in peer learning around varied experiences of implementing the Professional Development Framework

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Developing the Concept of “Good” Teaching

28th April @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Learning Outcomes Explore the perceptions of new teaching academics on student engagement Examine the concepts of ‘good teaching’ in light of the student voice Discuss the variety of approaches that can enable increased student engagement Evaluate the approaches that can be applied to improve the efficacy of your teaching practice

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

30th April @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learning Outcomes: 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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May 2020

Engaging Effectively with Distance Education Students

6th May @ 11:00 am

Learning Outcomes Identify opportunities to enhance the learning process through blended learning Assess and critique various approaches to digital learning Learn key strategies to engage effectively with distance students Develop an understanding of the skills required to best embrace teaching and learning in a digital world Apply the skills learned to teaching, thus enriching the learning experience for students

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Connecting the DOTS – Developmental Opportunities in Transitions for Students

7th May

Learning outcomes: Understand brain development in the context of current undergraduate students in higher education settings Consider the risks and opportunities of contemporary socio-cultural contexts relating to student learning and life Identify practical strategies for enhanced student success and the development of graduate attributes through consideration of developmentally appropriate scaffolding in curriculum design, learning, teaching and assessment and student support services

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