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 2021
19 January 2021
Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Letterkenny, Donegal Ireland
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Telecollaboration – Creating International Bridges in Socially Distanced Times

Learning Objectives • Share knowledge about Telecollaboration • Explore the potential of virtual exchange for Irish HEIs • Discuss how telecollaboration might lead to 'internationalisation at home' Download Information Flyer

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20 January 2021

‘Presence’ in an Online Teaching Environment

Learning Objectives • Participants will be appraised of the concept of presence in an online environment • Identification of challenges in creating online presence and provide examples of appropriate strategies • The opportunity for participants to share experiences of online presence • The production of a collectively curated Open Educational Resource (OER) incorporating ‘presence’ into…

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21 January 2021

Power of Disability Conference

AHEAD and the Union of Students in Ireland are happy to present the Power of Disability Conference 2021, kindly supported by the Higher Education Authority. This two day event will include discussions, presentations and feedback sessions encouraging students with disabilities to be leaders on their own campuses and provide information for students and Students' Union officers on the issues facing students with disabilities. Day 1 of the conference will focus on disability in…

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28 January 2021

Communicating Scientific Research

Learning Objectives • Identify your own communication and presentation style • Develop a new strategy for discussing your research • Develop a new perspective about career prospects and options available to you • Recognise the need and benefits to science communication

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28 January 2021

Scalable Assessment Strategies for Digital Contexts

Learning Objectives • Enable academic staff and those supporting teaching and learning to identify high-impact yet sustainable assessment strategies for use in a newly digital context of teaching and learning without increasing workload • Enable audience to appraise critically the value of open-book assessment in a context of (partially) digital delivery of teaching and learning…

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29 January 2021

Developing Engineering Competencies in Industry for Undergraduates

Learning Objectives • Developing “culturally fit” graduates matching national employability criteria (core technical engineering competencies and deep skills) • Structuring learning outcomes of industrially hosted modules to enable successful completion by the student, independent of the sector, and assessed in a manner, which is tailored to the needs of student outputs at an advanced level…

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Exploring Ways to Embed the Sustainable Development Goals into the Curriculum

Learning Objectives • Introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their applicability in a Higher Education context • Critically evaluate how Higher Education Institutes can advance and lead the implementation of the SDGs • Explore the synergies between existing sustainability initiatives e.g. Green Campus, Health Campus programmes, community engagement etc., and the SDGs • Explore…

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February 2021
04 February 2021

Cohort-based PhD Programmes in Ireland: Reflections, Learnings, and the Future

Learning Objectives • Understand the unique characteristics of cohort-based PhD programmes • Implement best-practice in cohort-based PhD training • Contribute to the design of cohort-based PhD programmes • Add to the conversation around student success in cohort-based PhD learning

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05 February 2021

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

Learning Objectives • 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 • Learn from each other, share experiences and draw strength from a combined effort to address the issue…

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Dr Doug Belshaw – Getting Started with Digital Badges

Learning Objectives • An introductory understanding of the history and usage of Digital/Open Badges • Exposure to examples of current national and international practice • Examination of the potential uses of digital badges as alternative or micro-credentials • Consideration of how participants might implement an organisational badging infrastructure

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