Reflecting on a Busy Semester for Sectoral Engagement

The 2019 spring semester was a busy one for the National Forum. In addition to launching our new 2019-21 Strategy in April, the staff of the National Forum spent time engaging with the higher education community in new ways to ensure our work continues to be rooted in experience and expertise. Four advisory groups were…

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Institutional Leads Confirmed for €5.57m Fund

All eligible higher education institutions have now nominated institutional leads for the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019. The fund, with a total value of €5.57m, represents a significant commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. The investment is designed to enable the development…

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Irish National Digital Experience Survey to be Launched Soon

The National Forum, in partnership with higher education institutions across the country and their representative bodies, will soon launch Ireland’s first national survey of the digital experiences of those who teach and learn in Irish higher education. The Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey is an opportunity to better understand the digital engagement, experiences and…

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National Forum Shortlisted for eGovernment Award

We are delighted to announce that the National Forum’s new Open Courses Professional Development Interface has been shortlisted for the Ireland eGovernment Awards 2019 in the Innovation Award category. This Open Courses Professional Development Interface reflects the collaborative commitment of the higher education community to ongoing professional development for positive individual, institutional and sectoral change.…

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October 2020

The New Normal: How to Achieve Effective Remote Working

Learning Objectives • Demonstrate the ability to apply virtual/remote work practices in order to enhance learning and teaching delivery • Identify the environmental problems associated with virtual/remote working, and engage in problem solving strategies to provide suitable solutions • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate, integrate, and apply appropriate virtual work practices into learning and teaching…

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08 October 2020

Building Trust in Online T&L – Ethical Practice for Students and Staff

Learning Objectives • Discuss issues relating to quality assurance, ethics and academic integrity in the online learning environment • Identify barriers and enablers to trust for both staff and students in the online learning environment • Identify and employ resources to promote ethical practice for students and staff • Explore opportunities related to current practice…

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08 October 2020

Digital Professionalism for All Those Who Teach

Learning Objectives • Understand the key issues and debates in digital professionalism in professional education • Apply concepts of digital professionalism to their own teaching, learning, and scholarly activities

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14 October 2020

Work-based Assessment (WBA): Exploring the Challenge of Consistency

Hosted by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (National Forum) in partnership with Quality Qualifications Ireland(QQI), this webinar will explore what is understood as WBA in the Irish context, focus on the shared assessment challenges and opportunities across the different contexts and will discuss some key practice insights…

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What Lies at the Heart of Education?

Learning Objectives • Offer fresh perspectives on what it means to be fulfilled and engaged as a teacher and educational leader in contemporary Ireland • Examine the role of teachers and educational leaders in creating positive learning environments for their students both within and outside of the classroom • Debate and question what lies at…

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The Business of Contract Cheating

Learning Objectives • Inform the sector about the business model associated with contract cheating • Explore the motivation of learners who engage in contract cheating • Explore approaches to deterring academic misconduct by engaging learners

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22 October 2020

Webinar: Data Literacy, Privacy and Protection in Higher Education

A national webinar entitled ‘Data Literacy, Privacy and Protection in Higher Education’ is due to take place from 2-3pm on Thursday 22 October 2020. The webinar will be the first in a series of national webinars from the National Forum to take a closer look at key findings from the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey.   At…

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Supporting Writing: How Supervisors Can Support Doctoral Students to Write-up

Learning Objectives • Implement 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 advice on writing productivity to doctoral students

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30 October 2020

Plagiarism and Collusion – Myth or Reality? Assessment for Future Needs

Learning Objectives • Enhance awareness amongst all those who teach of the types of plagiarism and collusion that are most prevalent • Enable debate on the evidence surrounding plagiarism, collusion and contract cheating • Encourage re-design of assessment practices to support learning and reduce possibilities for plagiarism and collusion • Embed self-reflection and create awareness…

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November 2020
03 November 2020

Exploring the Experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority Students in Higher Education

Learning Objectives • To discuss the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students in Higher Education • To explore diversity in the classroom • To explain and identify the concept of unconscious bias

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