A key strategic priority of the National Forum is to support teaching and learning enhancements that are based on the particular requirements, disciplinary cultures and contexts of individual academic subject areas.
At a time when Irish higher education institutions are being challenged to evaluate and develop their current systems in a rapidly evolving environment, the Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) Framework places a strong, integrated focus on teaching and learning enhancement and help heads and leaders of disciplinary units to capture, articulate and support teaching and learning enhancement plans. The Framework provides a capacity building and planning tool for forward-looking discipline groups. Further, the framework enables disciplines to ensure that teaching and learning enhancement can also be effectively linked to other core activities – including professional development, teaching and learning in a digital world and student success – in ways that have clear benefits for learners. It assists disciplines to link teaching and learning developments coherently with key relevant institutional, national and international drivers, while also enabling a discipline- and context-specific approach to teaching and learning enhancement.
The DELTA Framework provides a structure which can be used by institutions, disciplinary groups or institutions to plan and prioritise their efforts to enrich understandings and practices within disciplinary contexts. The Framework has five elements: