107 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Initiatives Now Active Across 22 Irish Higher Education Institutions

January has been a significant month for teaching and learning in Irish higher education. The 107 teaching and learning enhancement initiatives that were announced by Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T. D., have now begun across 22 higher education institutions. Collectively, the initiatives represent an investment of €5.57m focused on ensuring…

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National Forum Board Hold Teaching and Learning Thinktank

The Board of the National Forum held a thinktank on 11 December, focused on the strategic direction of the National Forum over the coming years. The thinktank began with blue-skies thinking about teaching and learning more broadly in Ireland, based on the institutional experiences and policy perspectives of members of the Board. Presentations were then…

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29,929 Responses Received to the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey

A total of 29,929 staff and students shared their digital experiences through the recent Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey, Ireland’s first survey of the digital experience, expectations and engagement of students, and staff who teach, in Irish higher education. The survey was open across 34 participating higher education institutions from 14 November until 1…

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December 2021
08 December 2021

Joining the (disjointed) Dots: Student Success in Language Learning in Ireland

Learning Objectives To foster an open, cross-sectoral dialogue about language learning To define student success in foreign language teaching and learning in each sector To consider how HE can support a path towards future cross-sectoral engagement in the area of foreign language learning

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09 December 2021

Getting Started with the Seven Cs Digital Tool

On Thursday, 9 December 2021, A National Forum webinar will demonstrate the the new Student Success ‘Taking Stock’ Digital Tool to all those identified as student success leads by their HEI. For more info contact studentsuccess@teachingandlearning.ie

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10 December 2021

Successfully Supervising Research Students Remotely

Learning Objectives How to effectively engage with remote research supervision Peer to peer learning between participants Facilitation reflection on pros and cons of remote supervision Supporting the creation of a community of practice in research supervision nationally

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14 December 2021

ePortfolio Implementation: The Impact for Students, from Reflection to Ownership

Learning Objectives Understand how students are using ePortfolios in higher education Recognise the issues that students experience when using ePortfolios and evaluate the importance of student and staff support structures Participants will learn about the use for ePortfolio implementation across different disciplines Explore assessment strategies and the collaborative approach used with ePortfolios Explore the trends…

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15 December 2021

Design a better 2022 – enhancing digital productivity and wellbeing for early career academics

Learning Objectives Engage in purposeful and critical reflection on everyday digital working practices as they relate to professional development and wellbeing Participate in interdisciplinary peer dialogue and cultivate a professional network that seeks to enhance digital wellbeing in the context of academic teaching and learning Identify key innovations in digital technologies to enhance learning, teaching…

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17 December 2021

Using Student Feedback and Learning Analytics in your Professional Development

Learning Objectives Participants will amend or modify teaching/curriculum considering student evaluations Participants will amend or modify teaching/curriculum considering learning analytics Participants will consider how to close the feedback loop Participants will consider how to incorporate student feedback and learning analytics in their professional development

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January 2022
11 January 2022

Plotting your UDL journey: Getting Started and Moving Forward

Learning Objectives Participants will learn to apply early steps, approaches and strategies to confidently initiate inclusive practice in their student interactions Participants will learn how to build upon these early steps iteratively over time, moving toward excellent inclusive practice Participants will learn how to approach classroom co-creation with students using UDL as a framework Participants…

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12 January 2022

Developing an Ethos of Authentic Assessment

Learning Objectives To assess the role of authentic assessment in fast-moving disciplines To review the systemic supports required institutionally to support authentic assessment To capture the the student voice in design and deployment of authentic assessment

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12 January 2022

Student Success: Exploring Evidence-Based Academic, Emotional & Social Supports

Learning Objectives Awareness of a newly developed model for peer-led transition and its accompanying resources for the adoption and adaptation of this model in whole or in part for HEIs Reflect on the role of the Students' Union in campaigning for holistic supports for students Identify key evidence-based tools and strategies which can be used…

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12 January 2022

To Explore Authentic and Appropriate Built Environment CPD Educational Practice

 Learning Objectives To explore authentic and appropriate teaching and learning for Continuous Professional Development in the Built Environment To explore authentic and appropriate assessment of, for and as learning for Continuous Professional Development in the Built Environment To consider strategies for building appropriate and fit-for-purpose capacity within existing Continuing Professional Development networks in the Built…

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