National Forum Board Hold Teaching and Learning Thinktank

The Board of the National Forum held a thinktank on 11 December, focused on the strategic direction of the National Forum over the coming years. The thinktank began with blue-skies thinking about teaching and learning more broadly in Ireland, based on the institutional experiences and policy perspectives of members of the Board. Presentations were then…

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29,929 Responses Received to the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey

A total of 29,929 staff and students shared their digital experiences through the recent Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey, Ireland’s first survey of the digital experience, expectations and engagement of students, and staff who teach, in Irish higher education. The survey was open across 34 participating higher education institutions from 14 November until 1…

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January 2020
22 January 2020

What constitutes ethical and effective use of our students’ data?

REGISTER NOW AT https://tinyurl.com/yhlvo952 Many of us in the higher education sector in Ireland are commencing a process of developing learning analytics capabilities and best practices. A critical success factor in the development of our learning analytics capabilities involves achieving clarity on the appropriate use of data. This is increasingly important given our responsibilities under the…

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22 January 2020

Student Success is Everybody’s Business: Developing a Student Success Strategy at MIC

Learning Outcomes Illustrate best practice in the field of student success Examine current professional service and academic practices which impact upon Student Success at MIC Explore how MIC could best use learner data as an evidence base to inform and enhance student success Explore steps and approaches needed to develop a holistic student success strategy…

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23 January 2020

Teaching Online is Different

Learning Outcomes Participants will be able to demonstrate an increased awareness of online teaching best practice Participants will be able to reflect on their own teaching practice and consider how this translates to the online environment Participants will be able to design a professional development plan to support online teaching in their institutions

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Digital Technology and Innovative Teaching and Testing Approaches

Learning Outcomes To share digital knowledge and skills among teaching staff and discuss possibilities of using digital technologies in the teaching and learning environment To enhance the use of digital technology for innovative assessment practices To deepen our knowledge of corpus linguistics and get familiarised with new software tools used for analysing and visualising corpora…

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30 January 2020

Assessing Your Stress – Connecting Wellbeing and Assessment

Learning Outcomes Describe and understand the common factors around assessment that negatively impact on lecturers’ and students’ wellbeing Identify approaches and strategies to mitigate these factors and to enhance lecturers’ and students’ wellbeing in the context of assessment Perform actions to attend to one’s own wellbeing and that of students in the context of assessment…

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BOLD Creativity: Visual Literacy and Student Engagement

Learning Outcomes Develop an understanding of the impact of visual literacy Develop an appreciation of active learning methodologies in creating meaningful learning experiences Apply creative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment to enhance student engagement

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February 2020
04 February 2020

Writing Key Policy Theories and Concepts in 1000 Words

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to demonstrate an appreciation for the importance of having short readings of topical issues Participants will be able to demonstrate an ability to write short summary pieces of important issues for students to read as an additional resource and publish short blog posts (500 word 'take home' posts; 1000 word…

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05 February 2020

Support, Success and Strategy: Three Institutional Journeys into Implementing Learning Analytics Policies and Practices for Student Success

Learning Outcomes Demonstrate understanding of the benefits, challenges and broader debates around the use of learning analytics for student success in higher education Recognise the potential of pooling and sharing knowledge across institutions when building learning analytics policies and capacities Critically evaluate the frameworks, processes and implementations presented Apply these insights to one’s own professional…

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Supporting Doctoral Students to Submission – Strategies for Supervisors

Learning Outcomes Implement a set of strategies for providing writing feedback to students Diagnose common problems that need to be resolved in the final draft Provide support for the emotional challenges of writing-up Offer guidance on writing productivity to doctoral students

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07 February 2020

Beyond the Textbook: Using Learning Resources for Open Educational Practice

Learning Outcomes Evaluation of participant's own approaches to the design and delivery of learning Embedding digital and information literacy into participant's curriculum in practical ways Evaluation of potential educational resources for open educational practice

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