Supporting Teaching and Learning through COVID-19

With the evolving context of COVID-19, the National Forum Board and team are very mindful of the difficult situations many in our community face. We have been considering what we can do to best help the sector to work together and share expertise to support teaching and learning at such a crucial time. A number…

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Reflections from Our Outgoing Student Associate Interns

The two most recent National Forum Associate Interns, Rachel Dunne and Amelia McConville, completed their internships at the end of February 2020. During their final week, they kindly recorded their reflections on their time spent contributing to teaching and learning at national level. Their reflections, in their own words, are shared below and give an…

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We’re Hiring

The National Forum is currently seeking applications for educational developer roles, across a number of our priority areas. These roles will be very important in helping to support the sector over the coming years. Full- or part-time secondments of 6-18 months will be considered for applicants with the appropriate skills and expertise. Starting dates and…

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2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum Takes Place in Utrecht

The 2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum, which was hosted by Utrecht University on 13-14 February 2020, explored how institutions balance tried and trusted practices and innovative approaches to learning and teaching in a dynamic and increasingly digital and international environment. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the EUA Forum provided a platform…

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April 2021
15 April 2021

Reflections on Blended Learning for Art and Design

Learning Objectives • Peer to peer sharing of new models of practice for blended learning in Art and Design • Opportunity for sectoral networking to support future peer exchange • Point of reflection following a rapid period of change necessitated by the Covid-19 crisis • Focus on the core qualities of studio based learning and…

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15 April 2021

Towards a National Understanding of Agile Curriculum

This National Forum webinar, open to the entire higher education community, will focus on the key features of an agile and innovative curriculum. The concept of agile curricula has come to prominence in recent years, not least through the HEA’s recent Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3, which has seen a Government investment of €197 million over…

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20 April 2021

Using Course Design Intensives to Develop Coherent Active Blended Learning

Learning Objectives • Explore, apply and adapt the essential Course Design Intensives (CDI) method as an effective approach to engaging course teams with key stakeholders • Demonstrate knowledge of active and inclusive learning, and graduate capitals as a framework for employability

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Building Research Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Learning Objectives • Discuss what Higher Education Institutions (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…

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23 April 2021

Exploring IT Supports for Successful Work Placement Processes

Learning Objectives • Identify technologies/software solutions used to support work placement and work based learning in Irish Higher Education Institutions (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…

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23 April 2021

Social Action Models of Teaching and Learning for Social Enterprise Development

Learning Objectives Explore the relationship between social enterprise and social change Identify and discuss implications for teaching and learning in different contexts Examine opportunities for social enterprise education

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27 April 2021

Teaming Up for Student Success in the Undergraduate Dissertation

Learning Objectives • Articulate one's own approach to undergraduate dissertation supervision as a teacher and/or as a researcher • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different models Identify ways in which a team approach can be applied to one's own supervision activities • Devise an action plan to implement this team approach in an online/remote/blended…

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29 April 2021

Developing the Concept of “Good” Teaching

Learning Objectives • 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 *This…

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May 2021

Enhancing Student Engagement in Language Learning: Shared Perspectives

Learning Objectives • Identify student and employer perspectives on language proficiency • Analyse the findings of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) research projects in relation to possibilities for future development • Examine student engagement with languages within contemporary culture • Ascertain pathways forward for linking the language teaching community in WIT with language and career…

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Creating Better Digital Video for Recorded and Live Streamed Classes

Learning Objectives • Identify elements of high quality video • Recognise the many competing considerations in creating high quality video • Discuss the requirements for creating single and multi-camera live and recorded video • Compare different equipment and setups for creating video for online teaching

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