International Board Discuss National Forum Sustainability

At the recent biannual international Board meeting of the National Forum, attended by the its international advisors, a discussion took place regarding ensuring the long-term sustainability of the National Forum within the higher education landscape. This followed a recent update to National Forum Associates on the same topic. Teaching and learning underpins key educational imperatives…

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DELTA Award Opportunity Announced

At a recent meeting of discipline teams funded under the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding, it was announced that the National Forum’s Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) Award would soon re-open for applications. A guidance handbook has been published to explain the revised process and timings for the Awards…

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9 Shortlisted Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship Nominees Announced

The National Forum is delighted to announce the nine nominees, from six higher education institutions, shortlisted for Ireland’s Teaching and Learning Research Fellowships. This is an outstanding personal achievement for the nominees and a significant professional honour. The Fellowships, which are the country’s most prestigious national individual teaching and learning awards, will: recognise, reward and…

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June 2020
17 June 2020

Online Event: Undergraduate Psychology in Ireland 2020 – 2030

Learning Outcomes Discuss participant's provision of undergraduate psychology as they are challenged to evaluate and develop their current systems in a rapidly evolving environment (e.g. changes to learner profile, mode and timing of engagement, market and progression route drivers) while maintaining alignment to professional body requirements Reflect on best practice in teaching and learning with…

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18 June 2020

Showcasing a Tiered Public Health Occupational Therapy Approach to Supporting Student Participation, Health, Wellbeing and Success in Higher Education

Learning outcomes: Understand the role of Occupational Therapists in higher education settings Understand the Healthy Campus Charter Understand the tiered public health Occupational Therapy approach to supporting student participation, health, well being and success

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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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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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