New Assessment Insight Summarises Green Paper Discussion

The National Forum, in partnership with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), has published a new Insight which summarises the outcome of discussions which took place at an event on November 12 2018 focused on the QQI Green Paper on Assessment of Learners and Learning. The discussion event, which was jointly hosted by the National Forum…

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Launch of Online Open-Access Professional Development Short Course for All Those Who Teach

The National Forum’s open-access professional development short course ‘Getting Started with Professional Development – PACT’ is an exciting new opportunity for anyone who teaches in Irish higher education to receive recognition, in the form of a digital badge, for their commitment to engagement in professional development. The PACT course is now available fully online through…

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National Forum to Deliver Teaching and Learning Keynote in Cairo

The National Forum’s Dr. Catherine Cronin will deliver a keynote address and workshop today (Monday 4 March 2019) at The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt, as part of the Centre for Learning and Teaching’s participation in the University’s Centennial Symposium Program 2019. Dr Cronin, Strategic Education Developer at the National Forum for the Enhancement of…

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April 2020

How the National Professional Development Framework for all Staff who Teach in Higher Education in Ireland can Inform Continuing Professional Development for Library Staff

Learning Outcomes Demonstrate a greater awareness of the Professional Development Framework for all staff who teach in Higher Education Develop a clear understanding of the value of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for library staff and the varying approaches to CPD Consider practical steps on using the framework facilitating a reconsideration of library practice and CPD…

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22 April 2020

Online Meeting with SATLE Fund Leads on 22 April

An online meeting is taking place on 22 April, open to all institution leads, to discuss initiatives funded under the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019. Collectively, the initiatives represent an investment of €5.57m across 22 higher education institutions, focused on ensuring that teaching and learning within and across…

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23 April 2020

Engaging with the Professional Development Framework: User Perspectives

Learning Outcomes Promote engagement with, and implementation of, the Professional Development Framework in participant's institutions and across the HE sector Share experiences of different approaches to implementing the Professional Development Framework in HEI Discuss the benefits and challenges of utilising the Professional Development Framework Design or employ a user guide to facilitate the implementation of…

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28 April 2020

Developing the Concept of “Good” Teaching

Learning Outcomes 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

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30 April 2020

Difficult Events, Different Narratives: Strategies and Capacity Building for Teaching, Learning and Assessing Contested Issues in Modern Languages, Applied Linguistics and Journalism

Learning Outcomes: Identify key issues that impact upon teaching, learning and assessment in Higher Education when engaging with contested events and narratives in the fields of Modern Languages Applied Linguistics (MLAL) and Journalism Explore strategies used within and across disciplines towards the pursuit of best practice in the teaching, learning and assessment of contested events…

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May 2020

Action in Architecture – Teaching for Climate Change, Teaching for the Future

Learning Outcomes Enabling those attending to understand the context in which their teaching practice and methods can develop to tackle the issue of climate change with reference to the perspectives of the case studies shown and through round table discussions Enabling those attending to learn from each other, share experiences and draw strength from a…

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07 May 2020

Online Launch of INDEx Report

Save the date/time: 7 May 2020, 11am The National Forum, in partnership with higher education institutions across the country, will hold an online launch of the INDEx Report on 7 May 2020 at 11am. In autumn 2019, as part of the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey, 25,484 students and 4,445 staff who teach across…

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Discussions on Successful Work Placement Processes – Sharing Innovative Strategies

Learning Outcomes 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 practice in relation…

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Engineering an Ethical Reboot: Embracing the Social Dimension of Engineering

Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the technical work of engineers is inherently social and political Consider pedagogical approaches that might foster a deeper and more holistic student appreciation of social responsibility in the context of engineering practice Develop an appreciation of how, as educators, we might empower students to make a positive contribution…

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19 May 2020

Meeting of National Forum Associates on 19 May

The next meeting of the National Forum Associates Assembly will take place in Dublin on 19 May 2020. The Assembly is comprised of two representatives from each higher education institution, who meet as a collective twice per year to hear about and provide input into the work of the National Forum and its partners. The…

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