Irish Teaching and Learning in the International Spotlight

Recent months have been busy with a number of high-level international policy and practice engagements involving the National Forum. International engagements are important in ensuring that enhancement work ongoing at national level is informed by good practice and emerging global trends. They are also helpful in allowing us to share with international colleagues what we,…

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Call Open for National Seminar Series 2021-22

The call for applications for the National Seminar Series 2021-22 is now open. Established in 2014, the National Seminar Series aims to provide space, in local contexts through local seminars, for connections to be established between colleagues in higher education around shared research and practice interests. National and international experts are also often invited to…

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Upcoming Events

May 2021

Connecting the DOTS – Developmental Opportunities in Transitions for Students

Learning Objectives • 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…

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Professional Development Framework: Digital Portfolios and Communities of Practice

Learning Objectives • Identify international and national trends relating to professional development in higher education • Demonstrate the embedding of professional development into the GMIT curriculum • Showcase GMIT/Sligo IT professional development digital portfolios • Explore strategies for the further expansion of a ‘community of practice’ centred around the National Forum’s professional development framework

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21 May 2021

Enhancing Digital Capacity of Staff who Teach in Higher Education

Learning Objectices • 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 *This…

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Discussions on Successful Work Placement Processes – Sharing Innovative Strategies

Learning Objectives • 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…

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Self-study in Action: Responding to the Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) Framework

Learning Objectives • To support and generate evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning in teacher education that are a) informed by feedback, participation and involvement from various stakeholders, b) implemented using a “students as partners” approach and c) facilitated through peer-led discussions of self-study methodologies with a focus on data sources • To provide a…

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Climbing the UDL ladder: Building a Culture of Inclusion in Higher Education

This CUA Universal Design for Learning (UDL) conference will investigate a myriad of approaches to UDL through an exploration of shared best inclusive practice. Through creating an awareness of a cross-campus approach to implementing a culture of inclusion and diversity, the Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo) has made significant strides in climbing the UDL…

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28 May 2021

That is the Future for the Assessment of Learning through Final Examinations? Part 2

This National Forum webinar, open to the higher education community, will focus on assessment and specifically, alternatives to assessment of learning through final (terminal) examinations. It takes place from 12.30-13.30 on Friday 28 May. For some time, research analysing assessment in higher education has raised questions about the effectiveness and reliability of traditional final exam-based…

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June 2021

Múineadh na Gaeilge ar an tríú leibhéal

Learning Objectives • Iniúchadh a dhéanamh ar mhódhanna múinte na Gaeilge ar an tríú leibhéal • Anailís a dhéanamh ar na modhanna is oiriúnaí do scileanna éagsúla teanga (labhairt, éisteacht, léamh agus scríobh) • Deis a thabhairt do na rannpháiritithe machnamh a dhéanamh ar a dtaithí agus ar a straitéisí féin • Nasc a dhéanamh…

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Successful Transitions to Employment for Nursing Students who have a Disability

Learning Objectives • Understand the importance of maintaining mental wellbeing while studying to be a nurse or midwife • Provide flexibility in accommodating students on work placements - the ‘what’ versus ‘how’ • Understand that students learn in different ways through the application of the principles of universal design • Enable students who disclose their…

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The CEFR in Language Teaching

Learning Objectives • Consider the benefits of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages in language teaching and learning • Assess the potential and the benefits of the CEFR in teaching languages • Reflect on the lecturer's/teacher's own language teaching practices in light of the CEFR • Share good practice and experience in…

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