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 of teaching and learning enhancement. The series also creates opportunities to hear from national and international experts in different areas of teaching and learning.

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The National Seminar Series 2018/19 has six themes:

Assessment OF/FOR and AS learning was the National Forum Enhancement theme 2016-2018. This theme focuses on seminars that enable discussions about assessment in higher education to continue. It will support conversations around e.g., programme approaches to assessment, work-based assessment and students as partners in assessment.

The National Professional Development Framework for all those who teach in Higher Education is a key initiative developed by the National Forum as well as the associated resources for professional development, including digital badges.

This theme focuses on the implementation of the Professional Development Framework across the higher education. It will support seminars that enable:

  • Middle and senior management to become familiar with the professional development framework to make informed, forward-thinking decisions about T&L in their HEIs
  • Discipline/programme teams to use the framework to identify training needs and goals to develop staff capacity for change
  • Networking and peer learning opportunities guided by the framework for those who are engaged in their own continuous professional development
  • Delivery of professional development programmes leading to National Forum Digital Badges.

This theme focuses on enabling and supporting the sharing of innovation in learning, teaching and assessment with a focus on the using technology to maximize learning impact. Seminars funded under this stream will enable disciplines and programme teams to share best practice and to explore new ways of working.

Recognising the importance of policies in shaping the activities of higher education institutions (HEIs), the National Forum’s Enabling Policies for Digital Teaching and Learning project aimed to build awareness and capacity in policy development for digital teaching and learning across Irish higher education. The National Forum has recently published a guide to Developing Enabling Policies for Digital Teaching and Learning.  This guides aims to assist Irish higher education institutions (HEIs) in examining their existing and upcoming policies and reflecting on whether they address the digital dimension of teaching and learning.

This theme focuses on seminars supporting conversations around policy development within and across institutions.

The digital footprints that learners leave as they interact with electronic systems such as VLEs and library systems can provide teaching and pastoral staff with a previously-unavailable means of dynamically understanding the needs of their students. Through the Data-Enabled Student Success Initiative (DESSI), the National Forum is currently working with 18 HEIs across the sector to support them as they develop impactful, sustainable and informed approaches to using data to support their students’ success.

This theme focuses on supporting seminars that showcase the effective use of data to benefit learners. It supports seminars that look at:

  • Uses of learner data that are practical, sustainable and resource-friendly
  • Successfully embedding learning analytics and data awareness into institutional cultures
  • Data-enabled interventions that facilitate genuine change for students in need
  • Building staff capacity on how data can be used support student success.

This theme provides the opportunity for higher education institutions, their schools and/or departments (academic or service) to discuss how student success is defined and supported within their particular context and to share good practice within and between institutions.