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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National Forum Represented at Bologna Anniversary Conference

An event marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the EU’s Bologna Declaration took place in Bologna, Italy on 24 and 25 June. The Bologna Declaration marked a turning point for higher education in the EU, encouraging openness and the sharing of knowledge and good practice across borders. It has led to more efficient and…

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April 2021
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
06 May 2021

What is the future for the assessment of learning through final examinations? Part 1

This National Forum webinar, open to the higher education community, will focus on assessment and specifically, the future for the assessment of learning through final (terminal) examinations. It takes place from 12.30-13.30 on Thursday 6 May. For some time, research analysing assessment in higher education has raised questions about the effectiveness and reliability of traditional…

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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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11 May 2021

Re-imagining Impact as Evidencing Value in Teaching and Learning

Learning Objectives Discuss the value of developmental activities within the wider context Conduct a benefit/loss analysis of the activities Identify both intended and unintended consequences of educational and/or professional development Plan for future developments to increase value and recognition of educational development

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12 May 2021

Design in Health – An Emerging Discipline?

Learning Objectives • Appreciate the role of design-based approaches in enhancing health professions education • Describe approaches that used to include design-based approaches in health professions education • Evaluate the benefits and challenges of developing design-based modules/programmes in health professions education • Discuss the epistemological and pedagogical considerations relevant to design in healthcare • Identify…

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The Self in the Professional Development Framework

Learning Objectives • Reflection and exploration of what Professional Development (PD) is and how it happens in the context of the Professional Development Framework for all Staff who Teach • Understanding of formal and informal learning and how PD can be part of normal working life • Discuss and debate the Self in Professional Development…

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Connecting the DOTS – Developmental Opportunities in Transitions for Students

Learning Objectives • Understand brain development in the context of current undergraduate students in higher education settings • Consider the risks and opportunities of contemporary socio-cultural contexts relating to student learning and life • Identify practical strategies for enhanced student success and the development of graduate attributes through consideration of developmentally appropriate scaffolding in curriculum…

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