Forum publishes Guidance on Learner Data Usage in higher education Institutions in advance of GDPR Enforcement

Learner Data is instrumental for higher education institutions to ensure student success and retention. However, with the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR from May 2018, the principles in the regulation must be applied to all personal data, including learner data. The latest Insight, published by the National Forum gives a brief…

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Inaugural DELTA Awardees Announced

Press Release INAUGURAL DELTA AWARDEES ANNOUNCED Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment Awards 2018 Eleven projects from seven higher level institutions were announced as Awardees at the inaugural DELTA (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment) awards in Dublin this evening (Wednesday 21st March).  The awards were presented by the Minister for Higher Education,…

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Minister for Higher Education Announces Shortlist for Inaugural DELTA Awards 2018

PRESS RELEASE Minister for Higher Education Announces Shortlist for Inaugural DELTA Awards 2018. Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment Awards 2018 The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., today (Thursday 8 March 2018) announced the shortlist for the inaugural DELTA Awards 2018.  The DELTA awards (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment)…

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March 2019
27 March 2019

Getting Started with Professional Development – PACT

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…

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29 March 2019

Professional development on teaching international students through a language other than their mother tongue in a higher education context

Learning Outcomes: Participants will have a deeper awareness and understanding of the challenges facing international students and all learners studying through a language other than their mother tongue Participants will have strategies which they can implement in designing and delivering courses which will support learning through a language other than the mother tongue Participants will…

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April 2019
05 April 2019

Internationalising the curriculum for student success

We live in an increasingly globalised world that brings with it a myriad of complexities and opportunities.  The challenge of preparing students to participate fully in such an environment is more relevant than ever. This seminar by renowned expert in the area of internationalisation of higher education, Professor Elspeth Jones, will focus on ways to internationalise the…

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06 April 2019

Mentoring as a pedagogical approach in early childhood education and care

Learning Outcomes: Situate the role of mentoring in ECEC degrees Share good practice in training mentors Explore the role of technology in supporting mentoring Eventbrite registration link will be available soon, in the interim please contact the organiser directly for further information.

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Pigs might fly? Changing the assessment narrative through Transforming the Experience of Students Through Assessment – TESTA’s programme approach

Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn how to take a programmatic approach to undersand and change patterns of assessment OF, FOR and AS learning Participants will gain an appreciation of student centred approaches to designing assessment and feedback Participants will be able to deploy TESTA research methods and change theories Participants will know how to integrate…

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10 April 2019

Assessing threshold Crossing: Another look at a troublesome issue by Dr Julie Rattray, Durham University

Learning Outcomes To establish a common layer of discernment on the polysemous understanding of assessment To explore self-evaluation of current practises in assessment To explore and measure the common spoon feeding approach to T&L and how that is determining the limits of assessments"

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12 April 2019

Accrediting systems of training for postgraduate tutors and lecturers in STEM

Learning Outcomes: Participants will assimilate knowledge of a best practice UK model of discipline specific structured training for HE staff which is amenable to accreditation Participants will assimilate knowledge of an innovative model of structured training for staff working in Mathematics Learning Support. This model, which is informed by National Forum Professional Development Framework, is…

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25 April 2019

Mental health in higher education: Personal wellbeing for professional development

Learning Outcomes: After the conference, attendees should be able to: Describe the issues relating to mental health in HE Identify the importance of personal wellbeing in HE Discuss the representation of personal wellbeing in Domain 1 of the National Forum’s Professional Framework Develop procedures that safeguard staff mental health in HE Eventbrite registration link will…

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26 April 2019

The case for problem-based learning in the behavioural and social sciences

Learning Outcomes: Compare and contrast different approaches to problem-based learning in the behavioural social sciences across a number of higher education institutions in Europe Evaluate some of the opportunities and challenges of implementing problem based learning in the behavioural and social sciences Discuss ideas for implementing innovative teaching approaches (including problem based learning) with colleagues…

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May 2019
01 May 2019

Peer coaching for the improvement of teaching and learning

Learning Outcomes: Participants will: Deepen their understanding of the nature of peer coaching Gain a heightened awareness of their capacity to listen with unconditional positive regard Increase their knowledge and expertise in the use of questioning to raise awareness Develop their skills in offering impactful feedback Construct an action plan to utilise the workshop content…

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