Ireland’s first framework to support the professional development of those who teach across the sector was published by the National Forum in 2016. It is underpinned by a set of core values and provides a structured outline of professional development activities for teaching and learning within the sector.

Aims of the Framework

  • Empower staff to create, discover and engage in meaningful personal and professional development
  • Encourage staff to engage in peer dialogue and support
  • Enhance and develop the pedagogy of individual disciplines and enable learning from other disciplines
  • Assist staff to reflect on, plan and contribute to evidence-based transformative teaching and learning approaches
  • Contribute to the quality assurance and enhancement of the student learning experience
  • Drive improvement in, and raise the profile, value and culture of learning and teaching across the Irish higher education sector
  • Guide higher education institutions in creating an environment in which staff are encouraged and supported to develop and reflect on their practice

Who can use the Framework?

Individuals who teach
Irrespective of your teaching role, you can use the Framework as a guide in planning your professional development in the area of teaching and learning. The Framework can help you at any career stage, whatever your professional development goals.

Teaching and learning support centres/units
If you are involved in the education and development of teaching and/or learning support staff, you can use the Framework to design and structure your development programmes.

Senior management
If you have a senior management role in a higher education institution, the Framework will be key in helping you to support the professional development of staff who teach. For example, the Framework may inform decisions when related policies or processes are being developed within your institution. Also, by providing visible support for staff engagement with the Framework, you have an opportunity to affirm your commitment to supporting staff as they review their current knowledge, skills and competencies and work together to progress on their professional journeys while enhancing the learning experiences of current and future students.

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