New Publication Series Focuses on Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices

In keeping with the National Forum’s longstanding commitment to supporting open education principles, practices and policies in Irish higher education, a new publication series has been announced focused on open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP). The widespread interest in the National Forum Open Licensing Toolkit, published in June 2019, and accompanying webinar,…

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Reflection on sectoral engagement 2019-2020

In 2019-2020 National Forum work around sectoral engagement changed radically from visiting institutions and meeting colleagues face-to-face either on campus or at various National Forum and other higher education gatherings, to Zoom calls and virtual connections and meetings. Fortunately, the National Forum approach to sectoral engagement begins, first and foremost, with building relationships. As many…

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National Forum Welcomes New Student Associate Intern

The National Forum is delighted to welcome to the team new Student Associate Intern, Katie Deegan. Katie was previously Vice- president for Education, Maynooth Students Union, Maynooth University before being elected to President of the Students’ Union in 2019/20. Reflecting on her new role, Katie, who completed a BSC Business Management degree at Maynooth University,…

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85 Applications Received for 2020/21 National Seminar Series

The 2020/21 National Seminar Series Call, which closed on 26 June, attracted 85 applications from across 22 institutions, including universities, technological higher education institutions and private colleges. The National Seminar Series gives those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to focus on shared interests in both the research and practice…

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November 2020

Building Research Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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…

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Engaging Effectively with Distance Education Students

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…

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February 2021

Using Video for Enhanced Online and In Class Engagement

Learning Outcomes Operate a lightboard studio and basic video recording equipment Demonstrate best practice for creating short videos for optimal student engagement Create a reusable online learning object using video technology for use in their own teaching practice

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March 2021

Creating Learning Analytics to Understand and Describe Student Activity

Learning Outcomes Explore what student engagement information is available within the VLE (Moodle) and how it may be accessed Become aware of the requirements for effective data collection to allow real time dashboarding of student data Transform student engagement data into descriptive statistics to explore student behaviour for optimisation of course design Provide feedback mechanisms…

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30 March 2021

Developing the Concept of “Good” Teaching

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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April 2021
22 April 2021

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

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…

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23 April 2021

Exploring I.T. Supports for Successful Work Placement Processes

Learning Outcomes Identify technologies/software solutions used to support work placement and work based learning in Irish HEIs Investigate current good practice in HEIs regarding use of technologies to meet academic and institutional requirements, including; managing processes, compliance with regulations and engaging with employers Explore the potential for use of technology to improve the student experience…

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May 2021
21 May 2021

Enhancing Digital Capacity of Staff who Teach in Higher Education

Learning outcomes: Produce quality Open Educational Resources (OER) video content for social media platforms using a smart phone Identify relevant technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience of students Incorporate these technologies into lesson planning and curriculum design Appraise the effectiveness of these tools in terms of student engagement

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Discussions on Successful Work Placement Processes – Sharing Innovative Strategies

Learning Outcomes To identify the structures and scaffolds available across central units and academic departments to support students in securing internships or work placements To explore and develop good practice in relation to working across central units and with academic departments to support students on an internship/placement To explore and develop good practice in relation…

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Anti-Racist Social Work Interventions in Post-Race Societies

Learning Outcomes Informing a critical approach which encourages Practice Teachers' curiosity Exploring interactive teaching methods to challenge assumptions Incorporating this critical approach and curiosity into Social Work Practice and Teaching

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