New Forum Insight on Enabling Policies to Support Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning in Irish Higher Education

The National Forum is pleased to present a new insight on Enabling Policies to Support Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning in Irish Higher Education. The aim of the insight is to inform and encourage discussion around assessment policies in Irish higher education. This Forum Insight draws on the National Forum’s 2016-18 Enhancement Theme focused on Assessment OF/FOR/AS…

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Vacancies: Part-Time Student Internship Opportunities

The National Forum, in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is currently looking to recruit two Student Associate Interns focussing on the areas of ‘Strategy & Communications’ and ‘Student Digital Capacity’.  These student interns will play a key role in bringing the student voice to the Forums work and communications. Click here…

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Forum publishes ‘A Review of the Existing Higher Education Policy Landscape for Digital Teaching and Learning in Ireland’

The National Forum is delighted to present, ‘A Review of the Existing Higher Education Policy Landscape for Digital Teaching and Learning in Ireland’.  This review maps the policy landscape for digital teaching and learning across higher education in Ireland, describing existing perspectives and practices and explaining how policies can enable excellent practice. The review is available…

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Forum welcomes Review Report published by HEA

The Board and Executive of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, are delighted to welcome today’s publication of a review report, commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on the activities of the National Forum, since its inception. The review states that the National Forum has become ‘an essential component of…

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January 2020
22 January 2020

What constitutes ethical and effective use of our students’ data?

REGISTER NOW AT https://tinyurl.com/yhlvo952 Many of us in the higher education sector in Ireland are commencing a process of developing learning analytics capabilities and best practices. A critical success factor in the development of our learning analytics capabilities involves achieving clarity on the appropriate use of data. This is increasingly important given our responsibilities under the…

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22 January 2020

Student Success is Everybody’s Business: Developing a Student Success Strategy at MIC

Learning Outcomes Illustrate best practice in the field of student success Examine current professional service and academic practices which impact upon Student Success at MIC Explore how MIC could best use learner data as an evidence base to inform and enhance student success Explore steps and approaches needed to develop a holistic student success strategy…

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23 January 2020

Teaching Online is Different

Learning Outcomes Participants will be able to demonstrate an increased awareness of online teaching best practice Participants will be able to reflect on their own teaching practice and consider how this translates to the online environment Participants will be able to design a professional development plan to support online teaching in their institutions

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Digital Technology and Innovative Teaching and Testing Approaches

Learning Outcomes To share digital knowledge and skills among teaching staff and discuss possibilities of using digital technologies in the teaching and learning environment To enhance the use of digital technology for innovative assessment practices To deepen our knowledge of corpus linguistics and get familiarised with new software tools used for analysing and visualising corpora…

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30 January 2020

Assessing Your Stress – Connecting Wellbeing and Assessment

Learning Outcomes Describe and understand the common factors around assessment that negatively impact on lecturers’ and students’ wellbeing Identify approaches and strategies to mitigate these factors and to enhance lecturers’ and students’ wellbeing in the context of assessment Perform actions to attend to one’s own wellbeing and that of students in the context of assessment…

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BOLD Creativity: Visual Literacy and Student Engagement

Learning Outcomes Develop an understanding of the impact of visual literacy Develop an appreciation of active learning methodologies in creating meaningful learning experiences Apply creative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment to enhance student engagement

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February 2020
04 February 2020

Writing Key Policy Theories and Concepts in 1000 Words

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to demonstrate an appreciation for the importance of having short readings of topical issues Participants will be able to demonstrate an ability to write short summary pieces of important issues for students to read as an additional resource and publish short blog posts (500 word 'take home' posts; 1000 word…

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05 February 2020

Support, Success and Strategy: Three Institutional Journeys into Implementing Learning Analytics Policies and Practices for Student Success

Learning Outcomes Demonstrate understanding of the benefits, challenges and broader debates around the use of learning analytics for student success in higher education Recognise the potential of pooling and sharing knowledge across institutions when building learning analytics policies and capacities Critically evaluate the frameworks, processes and implementations presented Apply these insights to one’s own professional…

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Supporting Doctoral Students to Submission – Strategies for Supervisors

Learning Outcomes Implement a set of 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 guidance on writing productivity to doctoral students

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07 February 2020

Beyond the Textbook: Using Learning Resources for Open Educational Practice

Learning Outcomes Evaluation of participant's own approaches to the design and delivery of learning Embedding digital and information literacy into participant's curriculum in practical ways Evaluation of potential educational resources for open educational practice

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