New Publication Series Focuses on Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices

In keeping with the National Forum’s longstanding commitment to supporting open education principles, practices and policies in Irish higher education, a new publication series has been announced focused on open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP). The widespread interest in the National Forum Open Licensing Toolkit, published in June 2019, and accompanying webinar,…

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Reflection on sectoral engagement 2019-2020

In 2019-2020 National Forum work around sectoral engagement changed radically from visiting institutions and meeting colleagues face-to-face either on campus or at various National Forum and other higher education gatherings, to Zoom calls and virtual connections and meetings. Fortunately, the National Forum approach to sectoral engagement begins, first and foremost, with building relationships. As many…

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National Forum Welcomes New Student Associate Intern

The National Forum is delighted to welcome to the team new Student Associate Intern, Katie Deegan. Katie was previously Vice- president for Education, Maynooth Students Union, Maynooth University before being elected to President of the Students’ Union in 2019/20. Reflecting on her new role, Katie, who completed a BSC Business Management degree at Maynooth University,…

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85 Applications Received for 2020/21 National Seminar Series

The 2020/21 National Seminar Series Call, which closed on 26 June, attracted 85 applications from across 22 institutions, including universities, technological higher education institutions and private colleges. 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…

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National Research Projects Announced to Underpin Key Educational Policies

A range of future-focused national research projects were announced on 1 July as Ireland’s five inaugural Teaching and Learning Research Fellows began their 18-month Fellowships with the National Forum, in partnership with the Irish Research Council. The five projects have cross-cutting themes that will underpin the implementation and development of national policies and institutional strategies…

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Upcoming Events

May 2022
19 May 2022

Think Outside the Box: Professional Development to Support Inclusive Assessment

Learning Objectives Understand the definition of inclusive assessment Understand the importance of inclusive assessment in Higher Education Recognise opportunities to engage in professional development related to inclusive assessment Click here to register

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19 May 2022

Innovative Assessment and Feedback Mechanisms for Placement

Learning Objectives Discuss innovation assessment and feedback mechanism options for placement Analyse a series of practical interventions conducted across different colleges Identify a list of potential strategies for assessment and feedback on your own placement Gain more connections across placement to act as a sounding board for placement queries Click here to register

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19 May 2022

Digital Futures in Higher Education Practice and Policy

Learning Objectives Reflect on existing digital education practices Discuss challenges arising from digital innovation in academic teaching practice Join the conversation around the evolving shape of current and future educational practices Click here to register

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20 May 2022

Inaugural European Team-Based Learning Community (ETBLC) Symposium and TALENT Project Showcase

We are pleased to announce that TUS Midlands will be hosting the inaugural European Team Based Learning Community (ETBLC) Symposium 2022 on Friday May 20th from 9am to 4pm.  This in-person event is sponsored by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The symposium brings together lecturers and researchers…

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20 May 2022

Curricular Approaches to Wellbeing in Higher Education

Learning Objectives To describe the main recommendations of the National Forum USI "Embedding Wellbeing in the Curriculum" report To describe key components of selected initiatives being showcased during the seminar To identify opportunities that exist within current curricular offerings to incorporate wellbeing Click here to register

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20 May 2022

Promoting Undergraduate Research at Third Level Post Covid-19

Learning Objectives Identify best practice in relation to the organisation of national and international undergraduate research conferences for Higher Education Evaluate the advantages, disadvantages and opportunities gained though the online versus F2F delivery of undergraduate research conferences throughout the Covid period Promote undergraduate student engagement with scientific research programmes across the Higher Education sector, nationally…

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25 May 2022

Enhancing Teaching and Learning of Physical Activity in Irish Medical Curricula

Learning Objectives To enable those attending to understand the national picture for teaching and learning in this area, by describing existing physical activity teaching and assessment in medical curricula in Ireland To promote sharing of experiences between staff, students and recent graduates, and identify examples of best practice and innovation in physical activity leadership, teaching…

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25 May 2022

Digital Connectedness and Regional Growth

Description Rich digital connections support interaction and collaboration between people and organisations and offer us new ways to work, live and learn. In the context of Irish and European education and regional development policy and investment - as well as recent local and global experiences of remote working and remote teaching - this seminar event…

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26 May 2022

The Fusion of Theory and Practice: Reflection on the Early Years & Childhood Studies Professional Practice Placement as a Community of Practice Experience – Part 4

Learning Objectives To develop a community of practice exploring the triquetra relationship among student, placement supervisor and placement mentor with a focus on student well-being and student success To discuss the fusion of theory and practice, of the interdisciplinary degree, identifying the key components that assure student well-being and student success during professional practice placement…

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June 2022
02 June 2022

From Graduate to Professional- Making the Transition Smoother for Nutritionists

Learning Objectives Learn how to run a successful one to one consultation business and the skills necessary to work with individual clients Discuss the issues surrounding conflicts of interest and learn how to manage appropriate disclosure of affiliations Outline the procedure for transferring from ANutr to RNutr status with the AfN Learn how to effectively…

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