The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has launched its Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) Awards for Ireland’s higher education sector.
The National Forum’s third national learning impact award, the DELTA Awards aim to add a crucial discipline-led dimension to Ireland’s national approach to identifying excellence in teaching. The Awards will be presented to discipline groups who can demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and learning enhancement and who commit to an ongoing, clearly articulated, shared process of continued enhancement.
The Awards will celebrate disciplines for their achievements and commitment with particular reference to their discipline-relevant pedagogical requirements, challenges and innovations.
A key focus of the Awards will be enabling disciplines to ensure that teaching and learning enhancement can be linked to core activities including research and scholarship, in ways that have clear benefits for learners.
These Awards are timely with Ireland’s higher education institutions being challenged to evaluate and develop their current systems in a rapidly evolving environment.
The DELTA Awards are the latest addition to two other National Forum- led learning impact awards- the student-led Teaching Hero Awards and the institution-led Teaching Expert Awards.
As part of the Awards, the National Forum in partnership with The Design and Craft Council of Ireland and Future makers are launching The DELTA Award Design Competition which seeks creative proposals for the design and creation of the DELTA Awards Design Piece.
The DELTA Awards’ application process has involves an initial, brief, expression of interest (submitted by May 30th 2017) and a more detailed application (submitted by November 30th 2017). The announcement of up to 25 Awardees takes place with the presentation of awards on 21 March 2018.
Further information including a guide on how to apply for a DELTA Award is available here.